ADVISOR | STRATEGIST | SPEAKER
Tackling the intersection of ethics, tech, policy, and society.
Yaël is a thought leader and strategist working with governments, tech companies, and investors focused on the intersection of ethics, tech, society, and policy. She has spent 18 years working around the globe as a CIA officer, a national security advisor to Vice President Biden, the Global Head of Elections Integrity Operations in Facebook's business integrity org, a diplomat, a corporate social responsibility strategist at ExxonMobil, and the head of a global risk firm. Currently, she is a Visiting Fellow at Cornell Tech's Digital Life Initiative, where she explores technology's effects on civil discourse and democracy and teaches a multi-university course on Tech, Media and Democracy.
Yaël travels internationally as a keynote speaker at any number of venues seeking informed, inspirational women to help make sense of our world's most difficult challenges and can be booked through the Lavin Agency. With her high-level experience across sectors, from intelligence and policy to tech and social impact, she provides strategic advice through her consulting firm, Kilele Global, to help companies, foundations, and non-profits assess the full range of (non-financial) risks so they can operate smartly and with purpose.
Yaël was named to Forbes' 2017 list of “40 Women to Watch Over 40”. She is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Center for Global Affairs, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she provides context and analysis on national security, political and foreign affairs in the media. She has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, WIRED, Quartz and The Huffington Post, has appeared on CNN, BBC World News, CBS News, PBS 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).
More than anything, she is passionate about using her background and skills to help foster reasoned, civil discourse.
Photo: On stage at Tech Open Air Berlin, 2017
More media clips and videos found at this YouTube channel.
NY Times Op-Ed: The Shocking Affront of Donald Trump's C.I.A. Stunt
Your Undivided Attention podcast interview about Facebook and regulation: "With Great Power Comes... No Responsibility?"
Shades of Red and Blue Summit "On the Ground: (4 minute round-up)
PODCASTS | INTERVIEWS
First Contact with Laurie Segall: She Spent 10+ Years at the CIA. It Didn’t Prepare Her for Life at Facebook.
Angry Americans: Working Inside the CIA and Facebook... (Note: Interview begins at minute 50).
Your Undivided Attention: "With Great Power Comes... No Responsibility?" (Inside Yaël's Facebook story).
Slate podcast, What Next, TBD?: A Former Facebook Insider on Why it's So Hard for the Tech Giant to Get Elections Right
DTNS podcast: Who's Responsible for Tech's Social Disruptions?
TALKS | PANELS
Information warfare and the future of media at the NYC Media Lab Summit '19 Innovation Panel: Media 2030
Tech Open Air Berlin: Keynote Fireside Chat, July 2017
Understanding the U.S. National Security & Intelligence Landscape, and What Lies Ahead; NYU Center for Global Affairs, September 2017
Shades of Red and Blue Summit: "The Problem of Strangers", a bi-partisan panel on immigration, refugees and national security issues (full video)
Come see me speak at:
The Economist Innovation Summit 2020; Chicago, March 5th, 2020
Let’s Talk about the Techlash! Funny as Tech LIVE SHOW, NYC, March 10th, 2020
SXSW panel: "Section 230 Debated: Web Freedom vs Accountability"; Austin, March 13th, 2020
Book me to speak through the LAVIN Agency.
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Photo by Katie Burwick