Harvard Alumni for Global Development (HAGD) Innovation Speaker Series Presents:
Dinner and Discussion with Stan Byers
Wednesday, March 21 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Open Gov Hub space (1110 Vermont Ave NW #500, Washington, DC 20005. Closest metro: McPherson Square or Farragut North/West)
The Harvard Alumni for Global Development is pleased to host Stan Byers for an overview of the impact of emerging technologies in developing countries.
We invite technologists, cybersecurity professionals, and development professionals to explore the current and future technological trends and related cybersecurity concerns in the Global South. We expect a lively and interactive discussion about the effects of these changes on economic development, access to healthcare and education, and the implications for democracy and global stability. How quickly are these changes occurring and who wins and loses in an increasingly technology-driven environment?
Key questions for discussion include:
What are the potential benefits and unintended consequences of new technologies?
Are current development models and institutions still relevant? What, if any, adaptations are necessary?
What technology trends are we seeing now in different regions? What does the next 10 years look like? Which technologies matter most?
What are the related cybersecurity trends? What does this mean for economics, democracy, human rights, and the nature of conflict?
Event Cost: $15 (to cover cost of food). To register, please click HERE.
About the Speaker
Stan Byers is a fellow in New America's Cybersecurity Policy Initiative, which brings together a wide network of collaborators to address diverse security issues. Stan's interests include mapping the converging investment and social implications of economic growth, rapidly advancing technologies, and cybersecurity threats in emerging markets. He is an expert on sustainable investment and risk in complex markets, including Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia. He is a former Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the White House National Security Council. At USAID he was a senior advisor on economics, civil-military coordination, post-conflict stabilization and counterinsurgency, trade, and energy. Following government, he was a leader on Ernst & Young's Cyber Economics team, where he helped to analyze the geopolitical and economics aspects of cybersecurity. Most recently he has been an entrepreneur-in-residence with Singularity University Ventures and a fellow in the TED residency program. He is now an independent consultant focusing on technology and development, is a board member of the Fund for Peace, and serves as an advisor to the Harvard AI Initiative and the non-profit Technology for Global Security. He earned a B.S. in ecology from Purdue University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on economics and development. He speaks Portuguese and is working on Spanish and French.
The Harvard Alumni for Global Development (HAGD) aims to be a collaborative platform for Harvard alumni who work actively with emerging markets and developing countries. HAGD’s vision is to connect Harvard alumni across schools, disciplines, and professions to share field expertise, research, and ideas in order to encourage global engagement and cross-sector partnerships.