R. David Edelman - Participant

R. David Edelman is Special Assistant to the President for Economic & Technology Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC).  In that role, Dr. Edelman is responsible for overseeing the Administration’s policy development and implementation across a range of economic policy issues, including broadband, technology trade, consumer cybersecurity, data privacy, patent and copyright reform, and competition/antitrust.

He previously served as Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, & Privacy Policy in both the NEC and the Office of Science & Technology (OSTP), and until 2012, served as the first Director for International Cyber Policy at the National Security Council (NSC).  In those roles, he has authored and led the teams implementing over a dozen Executive Orders, national strategies, and Administration legislative proposals, and was the principal architect of the President’s $10 billion ConnectED education-technology initiative, the BuySecure initiative promoting consumer financial cybersecurity, and the Administration’s economy-wide review of competition and antitrust.

Prior to his time at the White House, he served at the State Department’s Office of Cyber Affairs; as the United States’ lead negotiator on Internet issues at the United Nations; and began his career as a foreign affairs analyst specializing in the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and China.  Dr. Edelman received his Bachelor’s (with honors) in History from Yale University, and his Master’s and Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University in the UK, where he was a Clarendon Scholar.



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Special Assistant to the President for Economic & Technology Policy

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