John Garnett Lecture 2019

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C5 Philanthropy and Andre Pienaar are pleased to welcome Susan Gordon to speak at this year's John Garnett Memorial Lecture.

Susan Gordon recently stepped down as the Deputy US Director of National Intelligence. Susan will be talking about how digital transformation has impacted the geo strategic landscape and where it will take us. She will look at what has inspired us and what has tested us from across a collective security landscape. 

The annual John Garnett Memorial Lecture honours the legacy of Professor John Garnett as the first academic in the field of Strategic Studies worldwide. Professor Garnett pioneered Strategic Studies as an academic field at the University of Aberystwyth, the first UK institution to offer it as an undergraduate and postgraduate course. Professor Garnett’s expertise was also much in demand outside the academic community, and he was an academic consultant at the Joint Services Defence College, a member of the Council of the Royal United Services Institute, a member of the Foreign Office Advisory Panel on Arms Control and the British Representative on the United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament.

About Susan M. Gordon

The Honorable Susan M. Gordon is one of the nation’s most respected intelligence professionals and a trusted voice on strategy, innovation, and leadership. Gordon was confirmed as the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) in 2017 and became the highest-ranking woman in the Intelligence Community (IC). During her over three decades of service to America, Gordon earned a reputation as a visionary leader of both programs and people, delivering innovative solutions and producing transformative outcomes.

In 2019, Gordon retired from the federal government and continues to serve as a catalyst for ingenuity and progress and as an advocate for shared responsibility of the public and private sectors in national and global security. Gordon ‘s insights and expertise on intelligence issues cross a broad spectrum of complex issues, including cyber security, emerging and disruptive technologies, artificial intelligence, information management, and space and counterspace. 

As the principal architect of the IC’s first future vision known as IC 2025, Gordon led the creation of strategic initiatives that positioned the IC to stay ahead of the diverse, complex, and growing threats facing the nation. And, she oversaw a transformation of the planning, guidance, and execution of the combined 17-Agency’s multi-billion-dollar budget. 

About C5 Philanthropy

Beyond its investment potential, we recognise that technology plays a vital role in tackling some of the biggest societal issues that corrode global security and disrupt peace.

C5 Philanthropy is the non-profit arm of C5 Capital, supporting the firm’s core mission by raising awareness of technology’s role in tackling global destabilising issues such as conflict, trafficking, corruption and resource scarcity. By using our expertise in cyber security, cloud infrastructure and applied analytics C5 Philanthropy furthers the work of non-profits. And by leveraging our network of companies and investors who share in our mission, we are able to positively enhance the work our beneficiaries do.

The event will be followed byt a drinks reception 1830 - 1900. 

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