Meet our Founders
Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt Founder

Eric Schmidt is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 2001-2011 where he pioneered the company’s transformation from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. Eric oversaw the company’s technical and business strategies alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.

From 2018-2020, Eric served as the Technical Advisor...

Wendy Schmidt
Wendy Schmidt Founder

Wendy Schmidt is a philanthropist and investor who has spent the past 14 years creating innovative non-profit organizations to address challenges facing communities around the world, working for clean, renewable energy, healthy food systems, healthy oceans and the protection of human rights. The critical interconnections between human activity, the land we live on and the ocean we depend upon are the central drivers of Wendy’s philanthropic work.

Wendy is president of The Schmidt Family Foundation, which she co-founded with her...

Meet our Program Chairs
Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria Program Chair

Fareed Zakaria hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN Worldwide and is a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a bestselling author.

Fareed Zakaria GPS is a weekly international and domestic affairs program that airs on CNN/U.S. and around the world on CNN International. Since its debut in 2008, it has become a prominent television forum for global newsmakers and thought leaders.

Interviews on Fareed Zakaria GPS have included U.S. President Barack Obama, French President...

Jared Cohen
Jared Cohen Program Chair

Jared Cohen is the President of Global Affairs and Co-Head of Applied Innovation at Goldman Sachs, where he joined as a Partner and Member of the firm's Management Committee in 2022.

Prior to joining the firm, Cohen was Chief Executive Officer of Jigsaw, which he founded at Alphabet Inc. in 2016. In this role, his work focused on applying frontier technology to the greatest challenges facing humanity. Prior to that, Cohen was Google’s first Director of Ideas and Chief Advisor...

About the International Strategy Forum

Administrative support for the International Strategy Forum is provided by the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP). SCSP is a non-partisan, non-profit initiative with a mission to make recommendations to strengthen the long-term competitiveness of the United States, and its allies and partners, for a future where artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies reshape our national security, economy, and society. SCSP is a private foundation located in Arlington, VA, and a subsidiary of The Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, also a private foundation.