Meet the Keynote Speaker: Professor Juliette Kayyem
In academia, private sector, government and media, Professor Juliette Kayyem is an international leader in crisis management and homeland security. Professor Kayyem serves as the faculty chair of the Homeland Security and Security and Global Health Projects at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Previously, she served as President Obama's Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's Homeland Security Advisor.
An on-air CNN national security analyst, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and contributing writer for The Atlantic and Boston's local NPR station, GBH, Professor Kayyem also consults for governors, mayors, public and private institutions on crisis management. She is a senior advisor to Teneo, the global consulting firm, and founded her own consulting firm to support the preparedness needs of companies, from Fortune 500 to startups. She was named Inc. Magazine’s top 100 Female Founders in 2019 and received the Lifetime Achievement Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce in 2023.
Professor Kayyem is the author or editor of six books, including her most recent "The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of Disasters” which was described in a New Yorker profile of her as an “engagingly urgent blueprint for rethinking our approach to disaster preparedness and response.” Professor Kayyem lives in Cambridge with her husband, Judge David Barron, and has three children.