Gregory C. Allen Joins CSIS as Director of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance Project and a Senior Fellow in the Strategic Technologies Program
April 14, 2022
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2022: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that Gregory C. Allen, former director of strategy and policy at the Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, has joined CSIS as director of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance Project and a senior fellow in the Strategic Technologies Program.
At DOD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Mr. Allen oversaw the development and implementation of the DOD’s AI strategy, drove policy and human capital reforms to accelerate the DOD’s adoption of AI, developed mechanisms for AI governance and ethics, and led frequent diplomatic engagements with governments and militaries in Europe and the Indo-Pacific regions, including China. Prior to working at the DOD, he was the head of market analysis and competitive strategy at Blue Origin, a space technology manufacturer and space launch services provider.
“Greg brings a wealth of technology strategic planning and policymaking experience from leading commercial and government organizations. His achievements in developing and implementing AI policy and diplomacy at the Defense Department through a critical period of transition are recognized worldwide,” said James Andrew Lewis, CSIS senior vice president and director of the Strategic Technologies Program. “We are thrilled to welcome him to CSIS.”
Mr. Allen’s expertise and professional experience span AI, robotics, semiconductors, space technology, and national security. His writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, Nature, CNN, Fox News, Foreign Policy, and WIRED.
“Changes in the international technology landscape, especially advances in AI, play an increasingly central role in the most significant challenges facing governments and businesses. I am honored to join CSIS as we stand up the new AI Governance Project,” said Mr. Allen. “I look forward to working with my extraordinary CSIS colleagues to lead a global conversation on accelerating the responsible and beneficial adoption of AI and other strategic technologies.”
Mr. Allen holds a joint MPP/MBA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University in Saint Louis.