Non-Affiliated Experts

Individuals not affiliated with ITIF who have participated in ITIF events or co-authored an ITIF publication.

Pilar Fernandez

Pilar Fernandez
Minister Counselor
Embassy of Colombia, Washington, D.C.

Pilar serves as Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Colombia, focusing primarily on economic, energy and education affairs. In this capacity, she maintains a permanent dialogue with U.S. government agencies and the business community to advance the bilateral agenda and facilitate economic relations between Colombia and the United States.  She also focuses her efforts on encouraging   educational exchanges, building relationships between universities in Colombia and the U.S, and promoting a better knowledge of Colombia among the private sector and academic community. Read more »

Rodney Ludema

Rodney Ludema
Chief Economist
U.S. Department of State
Rodney D. Ludema, Ph.D. joined the U.S. State Department as Chief Economist on July 14, 2014. He is taking leave from Georgetown University, where he has been a professor in both the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Economics since 1995.

Scott Peters

Scott Peters
United States Congress
(CA-52)

Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House committees on Armed Services & on Science, Space, & Technology Committee. Read more »

Lance Hoffman

Lance Hoffman
Distinguished Research Professor
George Washington University

Lance J. Hoffman taught the first regular university course in cybersecurity (at the University of California, Berkeley) in 1970, and established the computer security program at GW in 1977. He led GW to national recognition as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. Read more »

David A. O'Neil

David A. O'Neil
Partner
Debevoise & Plimpton

David A. O’Neil is a litigation partner and member of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, privacy and cyber security, congressional investigations, and AML/sanctions enforcement defense. 
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Jared William Ragland

Jared William Ragland
Director of Policy
BSA |The Software Alliance

Jared Ragland serves as Director, Policy at BSA | The Software Alliance.  Working with BSA members, he develops BSA’s international strategies to open markets and promote innovation and digital trade in important foreign markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, among others. Read more »

Paul Hofheinz

Paul Hofheinz
President, Executive Director and Co-Founder
The Lisbon Council

Paul Hofheinz is president of the Lisbon Council, an independent, non-partisan think tank based in Brussels, Belgium, which he co-founded in 2003. He also serves as executive director.

After a distinguished career in journalism, Mr. Read more »

Richard A. D'Aveni

Richard A. D'Aveni
The Bakala Professor of Strategy
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

D’Aveni has published six books, including the international best seller, Hypercompetition (available in 11 languages) and his ground-breaking book on corporate spheres of influence, Strategic Supremacy. His most recent book, Strategic Capitalism, takes the principles of strategy, rather than economics, and applies them to the competition between the U.S. and China for global economic hegemony. Read more »

Beth Felder

Beth Felder
Director of Federal Affairs
Johns Hopkins

Beth Ann Felder is a Director of Federal Affairs. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in August 2004, Beth spent 12 years in the U.S. Senate; eight as Republican Chief Counsel to the Committee on the Budget (serving Chairman Pete Domenici and Chairman Don Nickles), and four in the Office of the Senate Parliamentarian. Before working on the Hill, Beth served as a judicial law clerk in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland, in the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland and for the Department of Legislative Reference. Read more »

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson
Executive Director </