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Samantha F. Ravich

CSIF Board of Advisors, Senior Advisor

Areas of Impact:

Cyber and FinTech

Biography:

Dr. Samantha Ravich is the chairman of FDD's Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab and the principal investigator on FDD's Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare project. She is also a senior advisor at FDD, serving on the Board of Advisors of FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). In August 2018, Samantha was appointed to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) and designated to serve as vice chair. Samantha is a defense and intelligence policy and tech entrepreneur. She served as deputy national security advisor for Vice President Cheney, focusing on Asian and Middle East Affairs as well as on counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation. Following her time at the White House, Samantha was the Republican co-chair of the Congressionally-mandated National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs in the United States Intelligence Community. She is advisor on cyber and geo-political threats and trends to numerous technology, manufacturing, and services companies; a managing partner of A2P, a social data analytics firm; and a former non-executive Board member for the publicly listed firm DroneShield (ASX: DRO)

Her book, Marketization and Democracy: East Asian Experiences (Cambridge University Press) is used as a basic textbook in international economics, political science, and Asian studies college courses. Samantha is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and advises the U.S. Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense. She is a frequent keynote speaker on: What Corporate Boards need to know about Cyber Security and Warfare; The Longer-Term Trends in International Security; and the Future of Intelligence Collection and Analysis. Samantha received her PhD in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School and her MCP/BSE from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

22nd August 2018 – FDD Press

FDD Senior Advisor Samantha F. Ravich Appointed to President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Samantha F. Ravich

President Donald Trump on Tuesday appointed Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Advisor Samantha F. Ravich, Ph.D. to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) and designated her to serve as vice chair. more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd August 2018 – FDD Press

FDD Senior Advisor Samantha F. Ravich Appointed to President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Samantha F. Ravich

President Donald Trump on Tuesday appointed Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Advisor Samantha F. Ravich, Ph.D. to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) and designated her to serve as vice chair. more...

26th April 2018 – Quoted by Joel Weickgenant - RealClearPolitics

Cyber Adversaries: It’s Not Just Russia

Samantha F. Ravich

The first great cyberattack of the century was a deliberate, targeted and slow-moving affair. It was a sophisticated operation tailored toward a specific tactical outcome to serve American and Israeli strategic purposes. more...

21st March 2018 – Interviewed by Mercy A. Kuo - The Diplomat

Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: Assessing US Strategy

Samantha F. Ravich

Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Samantha Ravich – Principal Investigator on two projects at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Project and the Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab, and author of Marketization and Democracy: East Asian Experiences – is the 132nd in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Julie Weed - The New York Times

Foiling Cyber-Spies on Business Trips

Samantha F. Ravich

The admonitions to business travelers headed to other countries should be familiar by now: Keep your laptop with you at all times. Stay off public Wi-Fi networks. Don’t send unencrypted files over the internet. more...