Photo courtesy Jared Cohen

Founder and Director, Google Ideas, Alphabet, Inc., California

Stephen M. Kellen Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2015


Jared Cohen is the founder and director of Google Ideas and an advisor to the executive chairman at Alphabet, Inc. An adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, he served previously as a member of the US Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as a close advisor to Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Cohen is the author of four books, the most recent of which is the New York Times and international bestseller The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and our Lives (Knopf, 2013), which he co-authored with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. His other books include Children of Jihad (Gotham, 2007), One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), and Accidental Presidents (Simon & Schuster). In 2013 he was named as one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People.” One of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, Cohen is a member of the National Counterterrorism Center’s Director’s advisory board and on the board of advisors for several companies, including ASAPP, Rivet Ventures, SineWave, and QSI, as well as on the board of directors of the Tribeca Film Institute. Cohen received his BA from Stanford University and his M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.