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Thomas Kalil

Thomas Kalil is a global leader in science and technology issues spanning across government, the private sector and academia. He currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer to Schmidt Futures.

Kalil previously served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the White House National Economic Council. During the Clinton Administration, he was Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy and the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.

In academia, Kalil served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he developed new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives spanning information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems and biology. He also launched the “Big Ideas @ Berkeley” program to support multidisciplinary teams of Berkeley students interested in addressing economic, environmental and societal challenges.

Kalil earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and international economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and completed graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.