Jared Cohen is an American businessman, the founder and president of Jigsaw, a technology incubator at Alphabet Inc. previously known as Google Ideas, that seeks to enable new technology-driven initiatives and understand how technology can assist in confronting global challenges. Mr. Cohen has been an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations since September 2010 and previously served as a member of the National Counterterrorism Center's (NCTC) Director's Advisory Board.
Cohen is the New York Times bestselling author of “The New Digital Age: Re-shaping the Future of People, Nations and Business”, which he coauthored with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. The book looks intothe geopolitical future,when billions of people come online resulting in presumed terrorism, war, identity theft, conflict and altered relations between nations. His other books include “Children of Jihad”, “One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide” and“Accidental Presidents”. His writing covers a range of topics from national security issues to artificial intelligence and have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine.
In 2013, Mr. Cohen was named one of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world.Vanity Fair named him as a member of the "Next Establishment." The Washington Post and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government named him one of six "Top American Leaders," and Foreign Policy listed him as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers". His expertise in digital media, technology and international relations along withextensive travel makes him most qualified to illuminate what the future holds for us.
Cohen received his BA from Stanford University and his MPhil in International Relations from University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. He speaks fluent Swahili.