Michael Sellitto

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology & National Security Program

Head of Geopolitics and Security Policy, Anthropic

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Michael Sellitto is the Head of Geopolitics and Security Policy at Anthropic, an AI safety and research company. In this role he examines the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies on issues related to national competitiveness, international relations, and international security.

Prior to joining Anthropic, Michael was the founding Deputy Director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), which is dedicated to advancing AI research, education, policy, and practice to improve the human condition. Michael was HAI’s first staff member, and he grew the team to 30 with a $25m annual budget, supporting hundreds of faculty, fellows, and students across campus. He was also pivotal in establishing HAI’s exceptional reputation among global policymakers.

Michael served in the White House as Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council staff from 2015-2018. He led international engagement on cybersecurity policy and strategy, promoted international adoption of a framework for strategic stability in cyberspace, and advanced U.S. interests on issues related to the digital economy and Internet governance. Before that, Michael served as Special Assistant to Deputy Secretaries of State William J. Burns and Antony Blinken, advising the Deputies on political, energy, security, and trade issues related to South and Central Asia and on worldwide cyber policy and counterterrorism strategy.