Inaugural Director, GeoTech Center, Atlantic Council

Dr. David A. Bray has served in a variety of leadership roles in turbulent environments, including bioterrorism preparedness and response from 2000 to 2005, time on the ground in Afghanistan in 2009, serving as nonpartisan executive director of a bipartisan National Commission on R&D, and providing leadership as a nonpartisan federal agency senior executive. From 2017 to the start of 2020, David was executive director of the People-Centered Internet (PCI) coalition, chaired by internet co-originator Vint Cerf. Later he was invited to work with the US Navy and Marines on improving organizational adaptability and with US Special Operation Command’s J5 Directorate on the challenges of countering misinformation and disinformation online. In 2016, Business Insider named him one of the top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World” under 40; he was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2019, David accepted a leadership role in incubating a new global center with the Atlantic Council. He has received both the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He is a former N Square Innovators Network fellow.

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