The Cyber Policy Initiative's Advisory Board includes Roseanna Ander, Harri Hursti, Ambassador Douglas E. Lute, Jeff Moss, John Odum, Sam Pitroda, Noah Praetz, Sherri Ramsay, and Ambassador Francis X Taylor. The Cyber Policy Initiative's Academic Advisory Board includes Ethan Bueno De Mesquita, Anthony Fowler, and Austin Wright.

Learn more about the Board members below. 

Cyber Policy Initiative Advisory Board

Roseanne Ander
Roseanne Ander

Roseanna Ander

Executive Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab

Roseanna Ander serves as the founding Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab (since 2008) and the Education Lab (since 2011), which are part of UChicago Urban Labs. In January 2010, she was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee, and she formerly served on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. Ms. Ander also served on the public safety transition teams for both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Prior to joining UChicago, she oversaw the Joyce Foundation’s gun violence program and led the foundation’s grantmaking in early childhood education. Before working at Joyce, she was a Soros Justice Fellow with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and also worked for the Harvard Injury Control Center and the Harvard Project on Schooling and Children. Ms. Ander holds an MS from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Harri Hursti
Harri Hursti

Harri Hursti

Co-Founder, Nordic Innovation Labs

Harri Hursti is the Co-Founder of Nordic Innovation Labs, which offers a platform for world class experts to solve impossible problems around security and complex mission-critical systems designs. Hursti is also the former Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder of ROMmon, where he supervised the development of the world's smallest 2 gigabit traffic analysis product that was later acquired by F-Secure Corporation.

Hursti is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the topic of electronic voting security, having served in all aspects of the industry sector.

As a consultant, Hursti has conducted and co-authored many studies, both academic and commercial, on various election systems’ data security and vulnerability. These studies have come at the request of officials, legislators and policy makers in 5 countries; including the U.S. government, at both the state and federal level.

Hursti is famously known for his successful attempt to demonstrate how the Diebold Election Systems’ voting machines could be hacked, ultimately altering final voting results. Mr. Hursti was hired by the nonprofit elections watchdog group Black Box Voting, where he performed two voting machine hacking tests, which became widely known as the Hursti Hacks.

In the area of critical infrastructure, Mr. Hursti most recently completed an assignment organized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in February 2014, where he assumed the role of COO of an imaginary $53B critical infrastructure company in a cybersecurity attack simulation.

For his research and work on data security and data privacy Mr. Hursti received the EFFI Winston Smith Award in 2008 and the EFF Pioneer Award in 2009.


Douglas E. Lute
Douglas E. Lute

Douglas E. Lute

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Former U.S. Permanent Representative to North Atlantic Council

Ambassador Douglas Lute is the former United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s standing political body.  Appointed by President Obama, he assumed the Brussels-based post in 2013 and served until 2017. During this period he was instrumental in designing and implementing the 28-nation Alliance’s responses to the most severe security challenges in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

A career Army officer, in 2010 Lute retired from active duty as a lieutenant general after 35 years of service.  In 2007 President Bush named him as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor to coordinate the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009 he was the senior White House official retained by President Obama and his focus on the National Security Council staff shifted to South Asia.  Across these two Administrations, he served a total of six years in the White House.

Before being assigned to the White House, General Lute served as Director of Operations (J3) on the Joint Staff, overseeing U.S. military operations worldwide. From 2004 to 2006, he was Director of Operations for the United States Central Command, with responsibility for U.S. military operations in 25 countries across the Middle East, eastern Africa and Central Asia, in which over 200,000 U.S. troops operated.

Through his military-diplomatic career, he received numerous honors and awards, including three awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Grand Officer of the Order of Merit for the Italian Republic, and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit for the Federal Republic of Germany.

General Lute holds degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point and from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a charter member of the Flag Officer Advisory Group of the United States Institute of Peace.


Jeff Moss
Jeff Moss

Jeff Moss

Founder and Director, Black Hat and DEFCON

Member, Homeland Security Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Currently an advisor for CGA, Black Hat Founder and Director Jeff Moss is becoming one of the most sought-after voices in information security. He has spent the last 17 years as founder and director of Black Hat and DefCon, two of the most important security conferences in the world. Mr. Moss is uniquely qualified with his ability to bridge the gap between the underground researcher community and law enforcement, between the worlds of pure research and responsible application.

Mr. Moss speaks frequently before a wide range of audiences on the topic of computer and information security. Recently in 2009 Mr. Moss was appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to homeland security. He moderated a panel at RSA 2009 on core infrastructure security threats. Mr. Moss also was a keynote speaker at the DOD Cybercrime Conference in St. Louis in 2009, spoke at the first CodeGate conference in South Korea in 2008, the first DeepSec conference in Vienna in 2007, as was a panelist at the Democracy, Terrorism and the Open Internet panel in 2005 in Madrid. He has also been a frequent panelist at RSA. Mr. Moss has been interviewed and appeared on TV shows ranging from CNN to G4 TechTV, in magazines Business Week to Computer World, as well as numerous documentaries dealing with internet, law, ethics, hacking, and privacy. In addition Mr. Moss has contributed to “Stealing the Network,” a series of books that combine stories that are fictional with technology that is real.

Prior to Black Hat Briefings, Mr. Moss was a director at Secure Computing Corporation where he helped establish the Professional Services Department in the United States, Asia, and Australia. Mr. Moss has also worked for Ernst & Young, LLP in their Information System Security division. Mr. Moss graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University.


John Odum
John Odum

John Odum

City Clerk, Montpelier, Vermont

John Odum is the elected city clerk in Vermont’s capital city of Montpelier, and in that capacity serves as election administrator. Mr. Odum holds several IT certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Network Defense Architect, and is an adjunct professor of malware forensics at Norwich University. Mr. Odum has managed network and database security for several nonprofits and political organizations, and served as a consultant to the Vermont Secretary of State during its implementation of the Help America Vote Act. He remains active in the Vermont Statehouse promoting progressive election reform.

Mr. Odum is also a Certified Municipal Clerk through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and holds a Certificate in Election Administration from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Mr. Odum has written and spoken on a variety of issues in local, national and international media, most recently on cybersecurity threats in very small election jurisdictions like his own.

 


Sam Pitroda
Sam Pitroda

Sam Pitroda

Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation (former)

Founder and Chairman, India’s Telecom Commission (former)

Mr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected telecom inventor, entrepreneur, development thinker, and policy maker who has spent 50 years in information and communications technology (ICT) and related global and national developments.

Credited with having laid the foundation for India’s telecommunications and technology revolution of the 1980s, Mr. Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the global digital divide. During his tenure as Advisor to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Pitroda led six technology missions related to telecommunications, water, literacy, immunization, dairy production, and oil seeds. He was also the founder and first Chairman of India’s Telecom Commission. In these plural roles, Mr. Pitroda helped revolutionize India's development philosophies and policies with a focus on access to technology as the key to social change.

As a way to induce the second phase of India’s technology revolution, in 2005 Mr. Pitroda headed India’s National Knowledge Commission (2005-2009), to provide a blueprint of reform for the knowledge-related institutions and infrastructure for the 21st century in the country.

Recently, Mr. Pitroda served as Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, with the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He served as the Chairman of the Smart Grid Task Force, as well as the committees to reform public broadcasting, modernize railways, deliver e-governance, and other developmental activities.

Mr. Pitroda is a Founding Chairman of five non-profit organizations including the India Food Bank, the Global Knowledge Initiative and the Institute of Transdisciplinary Health. He is also a founding Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union’s m-Powering Development Board that looks to empower developing countries with the use of mobile technology.

In addition, Mr. Pitroda is a serial entrepreneur having started several companies in the United States. He holds around 20 honorary PhD’s, close to 100 worldwide patents, and has published five books and numerous papers and lectured widely all over the world. He lives in Chicago with his wife.


Noah Praetz
Noah Praetz

Noah Praetz

Election Consultant; former Director of Elections, Cook County, Illinois

Noah Praetz is an election consultant working with the Election Security Initiative inside the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at DHS. Formerly he ran elections in Cook County Illinois where he was responsible for the overall management of elections in one of the largest election jurisdictions in the country.

Noah is an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law teaching Election Law and sits on the advisory board of the University of Chicago Harris Cyber Policy Initiative. Noah has presented extensively on Election Security, Sustainability, Election Day Management, Voter Registration Modernization and other Election Related items. He has also has published articles on cyber security, election day administration and referendum law in Illinois.


Sherri Ramsay
Sherri Ramsay

Sherri Ramsay

Senior Advisor to the CEO, CyberPoint International

Director, National Security Agency/Central Service Threat Operations Center (NTOC) (former)

Sherri is an advisor to CGA on cybersecurity issues.  She is also currently the Senior Advisor to the CEO of CyberPoint International, where she is engaged in strategy development and planning, partnership development, and marketing. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Hume Research Center at Virginia Tech and a member of the Board of Directors for EiQ Networks.

Ms. Ramsay is the former Director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Threat Operations Center (NTOC) and a former member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronic Administration (AFCEA) Board of Directors. As the NTOC Director, she led discovery and characterization of threats to national security systems, providing situational awareness for those threats, and coordinating actionable information to counter those threats to the DOD, DHS, and FBI. At NSA, she also served as a senior leader in the Signals Intelligence Directorate, the Technology Directorate, and the Information Assurance Directorate. Prior to joining NSA, she taught high school mathematics.

Ms. Ramsay graduated Magna Cum Laude with General Honors from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Education. She also graduated with Honors from the Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), National Defense University, with a Master’s in National Resource Strategy. Ms. Ramsay also received a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Virginia.


General Francis X. Taylor
General Francis X. Taylor

General Francis X. Taylor

Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (former)

Vice President and Chief Security Officer, General Electric Company (former)

Senior Advisor, Cambridge Global Advisors

Francis X. Taylor is the former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  In that role, he provided the Secretary, DHS senior leadership, the DHS components, and state, local, tribal and private sector partners with the homeland security intelligence and information they need to keep the country safe, secure and resilient. I&A is a member of, and the Department’s liaison to, the National Intelligence Community.

Prior to his assignment at DHS I&A, Mr. Taylor was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for the General Electric Company in Fairfield, Conn. At GE, he was responsible for managing the security operations and crisis management processes designed to ensure the security of GE employees and operations globally.

Before GE, Mr. Taylor had a distinguished 35-year career in government service, where he held several senior positions managing investigations, security and counterterrorism issues.

Most recently, he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador. He was responsible for the global security of all U.S. diplomatic personnel and facilities. Ambassador Taylor also served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the Department of State from July 2001 to November 2002. In this role, he was responsible for implementing U.S. counterterrorism policy overseas and coordinating the U.S. government response to international terrorist activities.

During his 31 years of military service, Ambassador Taylor served with distinction in numerous command and staff positions, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in September 1996. In his final active duty assignment, Brigadier General Taylor was the Commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and was responsible for providing Air Force leaders with comprehensive criminal, fraud, counterintelligence and security investigation and operations to protect global Air Force operations.

Mr. Taylor has received numerous awards and decorations, including the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the U.S. Department of State Honor Award.


Cyber Policy Initiative Academic Advisory Board

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, AB'96

Sydney Stein Professor and Deputy Dean

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita's research focuses on applications of game theoretic models to a variety of political phenomena including conflict, political violence, and electoral accountability.

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Anthony Fowler
Anthony Fowler

Anthony Fowler

Associate Professor

Anthony Fowler's research applies econometric methods for causal inference to questions in political science, with particular emphasis on elections and political representation.

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Austin Wright
Austin Wright

Austin L. Wright

Assistant Professor

Austin L. Wright is a faculty affiliate of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and non-resident fellow of the Liechtenstein Institute. His research leverages microlevel data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Iraq. 

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