2014 Keynote Speaker
Michèle Ledgerwood is a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a senior speaker in the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy's Seven Revolutions lecture series. She also consults regularly with both the Transnational Threats program and the Global Health Policy Center at CSIS.
Michèle has more than 25 years of experience in the U.S. and European defense, healthcare, and scientific research environments. She has directed multidisciplinary research programs and working groups for both government and private sector clients, in areas as diverse as emerging science and technology; global infectious disease research and surveillance; terrorist financing; biological, cyber, and hybrid threats; and trusted international collaborative networks. For more than 12 years, she was the Senior Analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) influential Highlands Forum. She also has served as a Senior Analyst and Program Manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), as a pro bono advisor to the not-for-profit InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases, and Disasters), as a freelance writer for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and as a nonresident research associate at Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Michèle has authored publications on topics including global cyber threats; U.S. biological laboratory capacity; complex humanitarian emergency response models; French nuclear deterrence; and the
U.S. military's overseas medical research
laboratories. She is a regular speaker on the uses of social media in scientific research and humanitarian operations. She also advises early-stage mobile technology startups on public sector partnerships and networking strategies.
Earlier in her career, Michèle worked for two European defense and financial consultancies, and supported groundbreaking research at the Stanford University
School of Medicine's Section on Medical Informatics. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the Harvard Kennedy School. She has spent more than 20 years of her life overseas, has traveled to 40 U.S. States and more than 50 countries, and speaks six languages with varying degrees of proficiency. In her spare time, Michèle runs a small, boutique fashion business, and directs the French Language Education Program at her children's elementary school in Arlington, Virginia.
2014 Master of Ceremonies/Moderator - TBC
2014 Cultural/International Speakers - TBC
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