interview

Eli Sugarman

Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

July 15, 2016 — Eli Sugarman is a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and manages the Cyber Initiative. The goal of the Cyber Initiative, a five-year $65 million grant-making effort, is to build a more robust cybersecurity field and improve cybersecurity policy-making.

Interview with Eli Sugarman

When you think of the major players in cyber security, you might think of two main categories: government, and the private sector. But charitable foundations can play a part, too, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is one of the largest, with $9 billion in assets. We spoke with Eli Sugarman, program officer of the Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative, about their investments in cyber security, and why it’s an area that attracted their attention.

Biography

Source: Eli Sugarman

Eli Sugarman is a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and manages the Cyber Initiative. The goal of the Cyber Initiative, a five-year $65 million grant-making effort, is to build a more robust cybersecurity field and improve cybersecurity policy-making.

Previously, he was a consultant and strategist to private sector and nonprofit leaders internationally. From 2009 to 2014, Eli was senior director at an emerging markets advisory firm based in Washington, DC, where he provided strategic counsel on international policy, regulatory, and business matters to clients globally. He has served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, where he focused on international security issues.

Eli regularly writes about cybersecurity, government surveillance, data privacy, and Internet governance in leading outlets, such as Forbes, The Atlantic, Time, and The Christian Science Monitor. A graduate of Middlebury College, he also holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.