The McCain Institute invites you to join us for a conversation on Artificial Intelligence and its role in society with 56th Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger and Chair of the Special Competitive Studies Project, Co-Founder of the Schmidt Futures, and former Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt. The program will feature introductions by former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg and Executive Director of the McCain Institute Dr. Evelyn Farkas. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12, in New York City with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. The proceeds will support the McCain Institute’s work across all programmatic areas. Please select your level of participation and register through the button to the right.
Dr. Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger served in the US Army during the Second World War and subsequently held teaching posts in history and government at Harvard University for twenty years. He served as national security advisor and secretary of state under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and has advised many other American presidents on foreign policy. He received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, among other awards. He is the author of numerous books and articles on foreign policy and diplomacy, including most recently On China and World Order. He is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.
Dr. Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Eric served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 2001-2011, as well as Executive Chairman and Technical Advisor. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. In 2017, he co-founded Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative that bets early on exceptional people making the world better. His most recent initiative, the Special Competitive Studies Project, was founded in October 2021 and is a bipartisan, non-profit initiative with a clear mission: to make recommendations to strengthen America’s long-term competitiveness for a future where artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies reshape our national security, economy, and society.
Michael R. Bloomberg
Mike Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and three-term mayor of New York City. Bloomberg LP, the technology and media company he launched in 1981, revolutionized the investment industry and now employs some 22,000 people. He was elected mayor just weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and led New York City’s resurgence. He has given away $14.4 billion through Bloomberg Philanthropies, which works on initiatives in public health, education, the environment, government innovation, and the arts. Bloomberg also serves as UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions and as WHO Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.
Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas
Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas, executive director of the McCain Institute, has three decades of experience in national security and foreign policy in the U.S. executive and legislative branches, private sector, and international organizations. She served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia and executive director of the Graham-Talent WMD Commission, as president of Farkas Global Strategies, ran for Congress in 2020, and was a contributor for NBC/MSNBC. Dr. Farkas obtained her Ph.D. from The Fletcher School.