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Lecturer in Public Policy
Assistant: Beth Tremblay

Eric Rosenbach is Co-Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a Kennedy School Public Policy Lecturer. Rosenbach previously served as the Pentagon’s Chief of Staff from 2015-17 and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security, responsible for leading all aspects of the Department’s cyber activities and other key areas of defense policy.  On Capitol Hill, Rosenbach served as national security advisor for then Senator Chuck Hagel.

In the private sector, Rosenbach worked as the Chief Security Officer for a large European telecommunications firm.  He also led the cybersecurity practice of a global management consulting firm, advising the executives of Fortune 500 companies on strategic risk mitigation strategies. Rosenbach has applied his wide-ranging industry experience to the online course, Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age.”

Rosenbach is a former Army intelligence officer and Commander of a telecommunications intelligence unit. He has co-authored several books on national security.  He was a Fulbright Scholar. He has a JD from Georgetown, an MPP from Harvard and is a proud graduate of Davidson College.

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Outside Professional Activities For Eric Rosenbach

I devote nearly all of my time at the Harvard Kennedy School to teaching, managing the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, running the project on Defending Digital Democracy and mentoring students.  In order to stay in touch with the real world, I spend a small portion of my professional time working with private sector organizations on issues related to cyber security, risk mitigation of foreign investments in the United States and improving operational leadership and management.  

I also devote time to public speaking on cybersecurity, national security and technology issues.  The vast major of these speeches are unpaid, however, I will occasionally receive compensation for paid speaking with clients arranged by the Washington Speakers Bureau.

I currently serve as a director and/or advisor on the boards of Genworth Financial and Biotest Pharma.


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Assistant: Beth Tremblay


International Relations & Security

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