December 06, 2017

CNAS and Sasakawa USA to Lead Cybersecurity Experts and Technology Entrepreneurs on Study Tour of Japan

Washington, December 6 – The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) will take seven rising cybersecurity experts and technology entrepreneurs for a week-long study tour of Japan. The participants include representatives from the Department of Defense, the financial sector, the technology sector, consulting, civil society, and the defense industry.

The trip is part of the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) program and is in keeping with CNAS’ commitment to building the next generation of national security leaders. Sasakawa USA is dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations through education, programs, and research.

The delegation departs December 9. During the tour, the SEED delegation members will meet with their Japanese counterparts to discuss shared cybersecurity opportunities and concerns, technology entrepreneurship in Japan, and work to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship around these topics. CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program Senior Fellow Dr. Daniel Kliman will lead the delegation.

The delegation includes:

  • Krista Auchenbach, Senior Strategy Advisor, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Amy Chang, Vice President for Cybersecurity, JPMorgan Chase
  • Daniel Charles, CEO, Charles Bernard Ventures
  • Brian Ferguson, Founder & CEO, Arena Labs, Inc.
  • Shirali Patel, Cybersecurity Manager, Raytheon
  • Ashwin Rajaram, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
  • Megan Stifel, Cybersecurity Policy Director, Public Knowledge

Members of the delegation will represent their personal views during meetings in Japan.

For questions concerning this delegation, please contact Neal Urwitz at