Changemaker, Geopolitics and Biotechnology Expert, Futurist Novelist

Changemaker, Geopolitics and Biotechnology Expert, Futurist Novelist

Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, novelist, blogger, syndicated columnist, media commentator, and expert in Asian affairs and biotechnology policy. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. State Department, Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. He is a former Partner and current Advisory Board member of a New York-based global investment firm, serves on the Advisory Council to Walmart’s Future of Retail Policy Lab, was Chief Strategy Officer for a biotechnology company, and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in Kansas City in 2004. He has served as an election monitor in Afghanistan and the Philippines, advised the government of North Korea on the establishment of Special Economic Zones, and is the Honorary Ambassador to North America of the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy.

Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing Asian economic and political issues and his syndicated columns and other writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics is featured regularly in publications around the world. He has testified before Congress outlining emergency preparedness recommendations after 9-11 and on the national security implication of the biotechnology and genomics revolutions. Jamie is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata. His non-fiction book Homo-Sapiens 2.0: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Humanity will be published by Source Books in Spring 2019.

A founder and Co-Chair of the national security organization Partnership for a Secure America, Jamie is a board member of the International Center for Transitional Justice and the American University in Mongolia, a member of the Advisory Board of the Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life and 92Y’s Center for Innovation and Social Impact, and a former board member of Park University and of the Jewish refugee agency HIAS. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.  He has completed thirteen Ironman triathlons, twenty-nine marathons, and twelve ultramarathons.

Jamie speaks frequently to corporate, nonprofit, and academic audiences and is represented by Macmillan Speakers.

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Books by Jamie Metzl

Eternal Sonata

“A brilliant exploration of the many challenges and opportunities our species will face as the exponential growth of real-world technology moves us toward immortality…”

Genesis Code

“A thrill ride through the dangerous intersection where the human genetics revolution and aggressive big power rivalries meet. I couldn’t put it down…”

The Depths
of the Sea

“The political power and poetry of Graham Greene and Charles McCarry pervade this superlative thriller set in the chaos of Vietnam and Cambodia…”

Western Responses to Human Rights Abuses in Cambodia, 1975-80

“A powerful indictment of Western governments and their rhetoric about human rights…”

Articles

Jamie’s syndicated columns and other writings are featured in publications around the world.

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Jamie is a regular commentator on CNN, Bloomberg, and other media.

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Speaking

Jamie speaks regularly to corporate, nonprofit, and academic audiences around the world exploring the implications of revolutionary change in Asia, geopolitics, and biotechnology. He is represented by the Harry Walker Agency.

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