A sought-after advisor to military leaders, intelligence officials, venture capitalists, and business executives, Amy Zegart is an expert in cybersecurity and geopolitics at Stanford University. She founded Stanford’s cyber policy program, runs one of the nation’s premier international security centers, and teaches a Political Risk course with Condoleezza Rice. She is also a Hoover Institution senior fellow and contributing editor at The Atlantic.
Zegart gives audiences an illuminating look at today’s international security landscape – from cyber threats to terrorism to China’s rise. She also helps businesses identify and manage 21st-century political risks so that they aren’t blindsided. Zegart was named one of the ten most influential experts in American intelligence reform. An award-winning author, her books include Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11 (2007); Eyes on Spies (2011); and Political Risk with Condoleezza Rice (2018).
She served as a member of the National Security Council Staff (1993), a foreign policy advisor to the Bush presidential campaign (2000), and a McKinsey & Company management consultant for four years (1990-91, 1996-1999). Raised in Kentucky, she holds an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Harvard College and a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she serves on several corporate, academic, and nonprofit.