• Yaël eisenstat

    Strategist, consultant, speaker


    Yaël is a thought leader in the global political, social and security space, having spent 17 years as a CIA analyst, a national security advisor to Vice President Biden, a diplomat, the senior intelligence officer at the National Counterterrorism Center, a corporate social responsibility strategist for a Fortune 5 company, and the head of a global political risk firm. She has a knack for engaging unlikely allies to advance solutions to the most challenging global issues of the day. She is also passionate about using her background and skills to help bring more reasoned, civil discourse back to our country.


    Yaël speaks, writes and consults on a variety of topics, particularly at the intersection of security, political and humanitarian issues, or as she calls it, whole-of-society approaches to tackling complex global challenges. She is an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Center for Global Affairs, and she provides context and analysis on national security, political and foreign affairs in the media, as a speaker, and through workshops and seminars. She has been published in the New York Times, TIME and The Huffington Post, has appeared on CNN, CBS News and C-SPAN, in policy forums, and on a number of podcasts. She earned an M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


    Yaël is the founder of Kilele Global, providing intelligence-based advice to help companies and start-ups navigate the global political, security and social space to achieve their goals smartly and with purpose.





    Photo: On stage at Tech Open Air Berlin, 2017



    Tech Open Air Berlin: Keynote Fireside Chat, July 2017


    CBS News interview on Intel Leaks


    CNN interview on Trump and the CIA


    Shades of Red and Blue Summit "On the Ground": (4 minute round-up)


    Shades of Red and Blue Summit: "The Problem of Strangers", a bi-partisan panel on immigration, refugees and national security issues (full video)



    TNW (Berlin) podcast: "What Effect is Tech Having on Society?"


    Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs podcast: Trump and the Intelligence Community


    The Power of Staying podcast: From CIA Officer To Public Advocate


    FIZZIX Magazine 2-part interview for The Superstar Agenda


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    Sample of topics from Yaël's past speaking engagements:

    • Geopolitical and societal risks
    • What effect is tech having on society?
    • Corporate Social Responsibility and impact
    • Women in leadership; women in national security
    • Current foreign policy and national security trends and issues
    • Taking the risk to work with people who are not like-minded
    • The Courage of Conviction 

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    Helping clients navigate the global political, security and social space to find innovative, whole-of-society solutions to complex challenges.

    Training / Workshops

    Corporate, NGO and academic trainings and workshops


    Topics include:

    • Intelligence analysis and briefing 
    • Critical thinking
    • Assessing global political risk
    • Whole-of-society approaches to complex global challenges
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