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The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue is the creator and leader of a new discipline—called Tech Diplomacy—that integrates technology expertise, Silicon Valley strategies and foreign policy tools to ensure that technology advances freedom.

To accomplish its mission, the Krach Institute offers Tech Diplomacy training to business leaders, technologists, and the global foreign policy community; is building the Global Trusted Tech Network to bring together like-minded countries, companies and civil society to operate by a shared set of  trust principles; and is guiding the creation of Tech Diplomacy strategies and solutions that can be used to prevent authoritarian domination of vital tech sectors.


Advisory Council Member


The Commission is co-chaired by Keith Krach, chairman and co-founder of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue and former US Under Secretary of State; and Kersti Kaljulaid, former president of Estonia. The Commission will also include honorary co-chairs and twenty six international commissioners representing the eleven most critical emerging technology sectors and fifteen advanced tech democracies.

Commissioners are selected based on their significant policy and technical expertise and experience working in relevant industry verticals, either as a leader in the private sector or as a former senior government official. Ideal commissioner candidates have worked in both government and industry over the course of their careers and have the technical expertise necessary to engage across industries.


Commissioner for Space Technologies and Systems


The Purdue Applied Research Institute (PARI) is a nonprofit entity that extends the reach and impact of Purdue University’s deep research strengths and top-ranked academic programs in engineering, agriculture, science and technology. PARI works to improve national security, global development, infrastructure solutions and to accelerate critical technologies.

Through applied research and program personnel, state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, PARI significantly enhances Purdue’s ability to translate discoveries into innovative solutions and services for mission-oriented government, industry, NGO and foundation partners. PARI is an incubator for advanced development and transition of leading ideas and technology with potential for significant impact through large-scale prototypes, pilots, and startups.

Advisory Board Member
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For more than 130 years, the National Geographic Society has funded the best and brightest individuals dedicated to scientific discovery and understanding of our world. 

Our historic commitment to dauntless exploration dates back to our founding in 1888 when 33 prominent scholars and scientists established an organization dedicated to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.”

Today, National Geographic Explorers are continuing to push the boundaries of knowledge, uncovering new insights about the natural and cultural worlds, and strengthening our connection to them and one another.

Former Trustees Group Member

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is a non-profit organization honoring the memory of an engineer, entrepreneur, and extraordinary individual whose passion for commercial space exploration led to great strides in the industry and inspired all who knew him. The Program seeks to instill that same enthusiasm into the next generation by providing impactful career training to those who embody Matthew's drive for exploring our universe to help better humankind.

The highly selective program awards exceptional college juniors, seniors, and graduate students passionate about the commercial spaceflight industry with paid summer internships at cutting-edge commercial space companies, one-on-one mentorship from accomplished members of the space community, and a memorable summit during which the Fellows visit space start-ups, network with top industry leaders, and develop entrepreneurial skills. When the summer ends, the Fellows remain part of the MIFP Alumni community and continue benefitting from the Fellowship’s network on their path to becoming future space icons.

Since launching in 2017, there have been seven classes of Matthew Isakowitz Fellows, totaling 200 students. Many MIFP Alumni have gone on to work in the industry, pursue graduate degrees, and even start their own businesses. 

Matthew Isakowitz Mentor
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