Ian Wallace is a senior fellow in Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, where he focuses on technology policy. Ian is a cyber and tech policy expert with 20+ years policy experience in government and the think tank community. He is currently also the acting chair of the Strategy & Policy Working Group of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), and a member of the GFCE Advisory Board. He is a regular speaker on tech and policy issues, including in testimony to Congress, and last summer he taught a course on tech policy at Florida International University.
Prior to joining the German Marshall Fund, Ian spent five years directing the Cybersecurity Initiative at New America where his work covered international cyber capacity building, military cyber, data governance, cyber workforce, state & local cybersecurity, and tech competition with China. In 2017 he helped establish the DigiChina blog (now a partnership with the Stanford Cyber Policy Center) which translates, analyzes, and open-sources digital economy material from China. Before New America, Ian spent two years as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and had previously spent a year (2008-09) as a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
Earlier in his career, Ian was a senior British Ministry of Defence civil servant. From 2009-13 he was the defence policy and nuclear counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington DC, which included responsibility for defense policy relations, oversight of the U.K./U.S. nuclear relationship, and for building a relationship with US CYBERCOM. Earlier in his career, he did a range of policy and strategic planning jobs including assistant private secretary to the U.K. Defence Secretary (2000-2001), assistant director of the Directorate of Defence Resources & Plans (2002-5), and deputy director of the Directorate of Capability, Resource & Scrutiny (2005-07).
He also has considerable operational experience: from 2002-03 he was Head of Policy at the Permanent Joint Headquarters (the United Kingdom’s COCOM equivalent) and he completed three operational tours as a political/policy advisor: in Kosovo (2001-02) and twice in Iraq (Basra in 2005; Baghdad in 2007-08).
Ian has a master of arts degree in ancient & modern history from Oxford University. Ian became a dual U.S./U.K. citizen in July 2016.