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Jared Cohen

President, Jigsaw (previously Google Ideas) & Chief Advisor to Alphabet Executive Chairman (former Google CEO) Eric Schmidt
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Biography

According to Jared Cohen, “You can’t understand the future of anything without applying both a physical and digital lens to it. There’s no such thing as cyberspace. There’s no such thing as physical space. It’s one world and companies and individuals are going to have to interact on both fronts.” As the president of the world’s preeminent technology incubator, Jigsaw (previously, Google Ideas, a top-ranked global think tank), chief advisor to Alphabet Executive Chairman (former Google CEO) Eric Schmidt, a best-selling author, advisor to two Secretaries of State and traveler to 93 countries, Cohen looks through both lenses with an acuity of vision and foresight that few on the planet possess. Whether he’s sharing his risky encounters with Somali pirates or his celebrated meeting with the Pope to talk ethics in tech innovation — Cohen’s dual-lens, wide-angle view informs the current state of the world, your industry or organization. It could even illuminate its future.

Identified simply as “Jared Cohen, Idea Man” when he was named as one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” Cohen has spent his remarkable career at the nexus of business, technology and global politics. After Stanford and Oxford, he joined the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, advising both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. In 2010, he founded the highly influential think tank Google Ideas. Now a tech incubator called Jigsaw, its expanded mission as a group within Alphabet, Inc. is “to use technology to tackle the toughest geopolitical challenges, from countering violent extremism to thwarting online censorship to mitigating the threats associated with digital attacks.”

Jared Cohen’s keynotes are entertaining, inspiring and the perfect combination of weighty substance and sparkling storytelling. Speaking off of photos from his extensive travels, Cohen frames his core ideas to make them relevant to a broad range of audiences, industries and areas of interest — leaving all with an incomparable perspective on our rapidly changing world.

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One World: The Merging of the Physical & Digital Domains

Jared Cohen sees a future filled with unparalleled advances in education, economic empowerment, technology and health – accompanied by unprecedented threats and challenges. To succeed, we must realize that the digital and physical worlds can no longer be viewed as separate domains, but as one world with two fronts. In this electrifying keynote, Cohen leverages his vantage point as the president of the world’s preeminent technology incubator and experience as a State Department strategist to share eye-opening insights into the merged physical/digital world that we’re actually living in today. From the geopolitical and technological big picture, to how this merging of domains has transformed everyday life around the planet, Cohen illustrates his core ideas with case studies and stories gathered during his extensive global journeys. Known as a highly collaborative and imaginative speaker, Cohen “rolls up his sleeves” to work with clients and provide a perceptive view of the issues that affect their organization most. From current trends to anticipating what’s next, Jared Cohen’s remarkable vision will change the way you look at your work, life, organization and the future that lies ahead.

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