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Jared  Cohen

Jared Cohen

CEO of Google Jigsaw, Alphabet, Inc. & NYT Best-Selling Author


Best-selling author Jared Cohen is at the center of technology and how it is changing our world. As the CEO of Jigsaw, the tech incubator within Google’s parent company, Alphabet (ranked #1 private sector think tank in the world), it’s his job to constantly look at the future, predict what will happen and manage change – both internally and externally. He also leads an advanced team of technologists at the forefront of using artificial intelligence and machine learning to tackle some of the toughest global challenges. As a former advisor to two Secretaries of State and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Cohen also provides invaluable context on how new technologies will impact our world, our businesses, and our lives. Whether he’s speaking about leadership, creating a dynamic culture of innovation, geopolitics, AI or cybersecurity, Cohen’s expertise illuminates some of the greatest challenges and brightest opportunities of our time. Read More >

Named one of TIME Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People," Foreign Policy’s "Top 100 Global Thinkers," and Vanity Fair’s “"Next Establishment," Cohen has spent his entire career at the intersection of technology, geopolitics and innovation. He is the New York Times best-selling author of four books, including Children of Jihad, One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide, and The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and our Lives, which he co-authored with his mentor, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. His latest New York Times best-seller, The Accidental Presidents, examines the eight instances in American history when a president has died in office, providing extraordinary insights into leadership. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, LA Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, and Foreign Policy. Cohen serves on several advisory boards, including Allianz, Stanford University’s Freeman-Spogli Institute, Rivet Ventures, FluidMarket, ASAPP, and NCTC. He is a member of GenNext and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. A graduate of Stanford University, Cohen received his M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Cohen’s keynotes are electrifying, inspiring, and ahead of our time – providing audiences an enthralling and entertaining glimpse into how technology is transforming our world. Bringing stories from the more than 100 countries that he has visited (including North Korea and Iran), Cohen’s dazzling first-hand accounts provide fascinating background to every subject. As the world becomes increasingly more complex, Cohen simplifies some of the corporate world’s most pressing concerns, leaving audiences with a newfound understanding of technology and the most critical themes facing leaders today. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Cyberpowers: Disinformation, Political Hacking & New World Disorder

Living in a Hybrid World

The New Digital Age

The Power of Connection Technologies

The Future of Revolutions

Pace of the Future Today

The Importance of Digital Health

Speech Topics

Smart Leadership: What a Future-Focused Tech CEO Has Learned from History

Where does the CEO of the #1 ranked private think tank in the world, who is renowned for his forecasting abilities, look for lessons in leadership? The answer will surprise you — and give you invaluable insights into becoming a more effective leader yourself. Drawing from his New York Times best-seller, Accidental Presidents, tech CEO and founder by day and historian by night Jared Cohen proves that we can learn a lot from the triumphs and failures of U.S. Presidents. As commanders-in-chief, they face the same challenges confronted by business leaders, but with the high stakes associated with the most important office in the land. Read More >

Combining compelling business case studies on leadership; the experiences of leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman and LBJ; and the lessons that he has learned as a CEO mentored for a decade by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Cohen tackles: Read Less ^

  • Balancing strategy and vision
  • Ensuring the right mix of loyalty and sound advice in your inner circle
  • Dealing with culture problems
  • Managing the tensions between top down desires and implementation
  • Navigating unexpected crises
  • Walking back miscalculations
  • Looking for opportunities to push ambition and leave a legacy

Lessons on Innovation from the Most Innovative Company in the World

According to Jared Cohen, it’s not enough to set ambitious and innovative goals. Innovation is all about forecasting problems that others haven’t seen yet — and creating a workforce with the tools and opportunities to create your organization’s own exciting innovation story. From government to tech incubator Google Jigsaw, Cohen has demonstrated a consistent capacity to predict what’s next. As CEO of Jigsaw, ranked #1 private sector think tank in the world, he has also exceled at creating a culture of constant innovation that embraces new technology and new ways of thinking to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. In this mindset-shifting keynote, he shares how he does it – and how you can, too. Read More >

You’ll learn how to: Read Less ^

  • Bring the innovative thinking of a tech incubator to any organization (with specific insights for your industry)
  • Create a culture of constant innovation to counteract disruption
  • Identify the next big opportunity on the horizon
  • Turn ambition into action and innovation into impact

Seizing the Future: The New World of AI & What It Means to Your Business

In today’s world, businesses that view AI as an opportunity rather than disruption will discover new verticals and new opportunities for partnership. Drawing upon his experience leading a cutting-edge AI research team focused on tackling some of the world's most vexing challenges, Google Jigsaw CEO Jared Cohen looks at the bold new possibilities. Read More >

Examining everything from big data to ethics, privacy and security, Cohen expands on how to: seize this exciting, but complex moment, including: Read Less ^

  • The exciting new innovations on the horizon
  • Utilizing AI to address your organization's challenges, and how to make it work for you.
  • How successful companies and organizations are embracing AI not only for the betterment of their businesses, but for the betterment of humankind.

Making Cybersecurity Work for You & Your Business

Businesses fear being hacked and having their data compromised in ways that lead to irreparable damage to their reputation and stakeholder trust. Addressing these threats to your business involves a combination of the right tools and anticipating the next challenge. Having worked with the highest levels of government and business on cybersecurity issues for more than 13 years, Cohen brings unique expertise in this field. At a time when most cybersecurity experts bring a prognosis of doom and gloom, Cohen sees these challenges as an opportunity to build a more innovative company. Given the centrality of every employee protecting themselves, Cohen presents a vision for making your company safer, while at the same time building a more innovative and technically savvy workforce.

Leading over the Horizon: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Challenges

Jared Cohen was barely 30 when he was selected by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to found Google Ideas, the futuristic think tank within the most innovative company in the world. For the past decade, as head of Google Jigsaw (a one-of-a-kind operation within parent company Alphabet that has been ranked as the #1 private sector think tank in the world), he has been at the forefront of the intersection of leadership and cutting edge technology. It’s Cohen’s job to constantly look at the future, predict what will happen and manage change – both internally and externally. Key to this is developing “hybrid thinkers” that are primed for disruption and whatever comes next. In this essential keynote, Cohen shares how to prepare for the future, including his unique forecasting methodology — developed while advising two Secretaries of State and proven right in his remarkably prescient best-seller co-authored with his mentor, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Read More >

Audiences learn how to “lead over the horizon,” including: Read Less ^

  • How to innovate to prepare for whatever is next
  • Managing change—both internally and externally
  • Creating a culture of innovation and creativity
  • Developing “hybrid thinkers”
  • What’s ahead and how to prepare for it
  • Triumphing over disruption and rapidly changing technology

21st Century Statecraft and the New Digital Age

In the year 2000, there were only 361 million people worldwide connected to the internet and 907 million mobile devices in circulation. By the year 2020, it is predicted that 6.1 billion mobile devices will bring even more people online. Drawing on his best-selling book co-authored with Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business and his vantage point at the head of the world’s leading technology incubator, Jared Cohen examines the impact of this seismic shift in digital demographics. From geopolitics to business and economics, he also looks at how technology will transform the art of leading a country, organization or company in a rapidly changing world. Cohen provides an eye-opening big-picture view of a future in which governments and corporations must partner in order to develop fresh new solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, sharing poignant examples from around the globe.