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The 2019 Summit

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March 1-3, 2019

Last year, 30 graduate students from across the country came together for the first-ever Inter-Policy School Summit, a conference that seeks to propose rigorous and tangible solutions to some of the most pressing global issues today.

Last year, the Inter-Policy School Summit collaborated with the Aspen Institute’s Energy & Environmental Program to carefully select an actionable policy challenge that draws from its existing research projects. The project selected for the 2019 Summit focused on a new field with increasing relevance: City Resilience and Climate Change. We considered the linkage between climate change and adverse health repercussions, how clean energy technology both enhances and degrades national security, possible ways that climate change will drive conflict, and effects of climate change on inland Migration, human health, and geopolitics.

We again invite you to join this year’s Summit as top policy graduate students to design solutions and make meaningful contributions, while develop professional networks with the next generation of policy makers and eventual colleagues, and learn about the diverse skill-sets needed in the policy world.

The 2018 Summit


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Speakers & Experts

Joining Minds for Global Impact

Keynote Speaker 

Nicholas Percoco

Entrepreneur | Ethical hacker

Cyber and National Security Expert

TEDx Speaker 

Chief Security Officer of Uptake

Nick Percoco is Uptake’s Chief Information Security Officer. With more than 20 years of information security expertise, Percoco is adept at developing and leading security programs in this ever-evolving connected threat landscape. He co-founded the “I am The Cavalry” movement, a highly regarded grassroots hacker organization that is focused on issues where computer security intersects public safety and human life, and founded SpiderLabs, the ethical hacking test lab that contributed to Trustwave’s growth. Nick was the creator of THOTCON, a growing annual Chicago hacking conference. Nick has served as a media spokesperson on CNN, Fox News, CNET and Forbes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Illinois State University.

CEO, Cambridge Global Advisors

Jake Braun teaches cybersecurity policy at The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Global Advisors. He has over 15 years of experience in the development and implementation of strategic direction for complex, high profile national security initiatives. Prior to joining Cambridge Global, Mr. Braun was the Director of White House and Public Liaison for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Previously, he served as the National Deputy Field Director to the 2008 Obama for America Campaign. In addition to his roles at the Harris School of Public Policy and at Cambridge Global, Mr. Braun currently serves as a fellow at the Council on CyberSecurity and is a strategic advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon on cybersecurity. Mr. Braun holds an MA in International Relations from Troy St. University, an MA in Education from National-Louis University in Chicago, and a BA in Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago.

Bruce Hirsh has nearly three decades of experience developing and implementing solutions to complex global problems both in the United States and internationally. Bruce is expert in trade and regulatory issues, as well as U.S. and international policy-making institutions. He worked as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and APEC, where he negotiated Japan-related provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and represented the United States at Senior Official meetings under APEC and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University and a JD from the Stanford University Law School.

Jonah Force Hill

Cybersecurity expert, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
New America Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Jonah Force Hill is a fellow in New America's Cybersecurity Initiative and a policy specialist in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he works on a variety of global technology policy issues. Within the Department of Commerce, he serves as the executive secretariat for the Department's "Internet Policy Task Force" and was the principal author of two of the Department's most important technology policy strategies, the "International Cybersecurity Engagement Priorities" report and "Enabling Growth and Innovation in the Digital Economy." He holds an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MTS from the Harvard Divinity School, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Co-Director, Cybersecurity Initiative, New America

Ian Wallace is co-director of New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative, and a senior fellow in the International Security program. His research is mainly focused on the international security and military dimensions of cybersecurity policy. He is also a member of the ‘Future of War’ project. Ian joined New America from the Brookings Institution where he spent two years in the Foreign Policy Program as a Visiting Fellow for Cybersecurity. He was previously a senior official at the British Ministry of Defence (MOD). From 2009-2013 Wallace was as the British Embassy, Washington’s defense policy and nuclear counselor. There he helped develop new UK/US mil/mil cyber link at both the operational and policy levels. Before joining the embassy, he was a fellow at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University where his research included working on the military implications of cyber capabilities. Wallace has a degree in ancient and modern history from Christ Church, Oxford University.

Will Gossin

Senior Associate Director of Social Entrepreneurship & Social Venture Funding, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Will Gossin leads development and execution of the social venture pipeline at Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation. Through the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program, OpenImpact, and the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), he works with students and faculty from across the university to translate promising insights into viable operating models. He advises and trains teams in foundational entrepreneurship, human-centered design, mixed-method research, and leadership skills to maximize their social impacts. Gossin, who earned master’s degrees in social science and mental health counseling, has also conducted policy analysis and run a corporate innovation team for the American Institutes for Research.

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Speakers and Experts


Jake Braun

Bruce Hirsh

Principal, Tailwind Global Strategies LLC
Former Assistant US Trade Representative for Japan & South Korea
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