Tomicah Tillemann

Director, Digital Impact and Governance Initiative and Blockchain Trust Accelerator; Chair, Responsible Asset Allocator Initiative

Dr. Tomicah Tillemann is the Executive Director of the Digital Impact and Governance Initiative (DIGI) at New America. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, DIGI is developing the next generation of technology platforms to transform the way governments deliver value for citizens. He also oversees the work of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator (BTA) and the Responsible Asset Allocator Initiative (RAAI). The BTA works with organizations to deploy decentralized technology solutions that address governance and social impact challenges worldwide. The RAAI index ranks sovereign wealth and pension funds with combined assets of $20 trillion based on their strategies for managing social, governance, and environmental risks. He also chairs the Global Blockchain Business Council, the umbrella organization for the blockchain industry. He previously served at the State Department as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, leading a team of experts that brought together technology, talent, resources, and partners to build 20 major initiatives in 55 countries. Tillemann led the State Department's Global Philanthropy Working Group and its federal advisory committee on engagement with non-state actors. Tillemann joined the State Department in 2009 as Secretary Clinton's speechwriter and collaborated with her on over 200 speeches.

Previously, he spent four years on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee working with Joe Biden, John Kerry and Barack Obama. His other professional experience includes work with the White House, five U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns, Reuters New Media, and the World Bank. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the United Nations World Food Program Innovation Advisory Council, and the Lantos Foundation Board of Trustees. Tillemann is a co-holder of four patents. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has lectured at Yale and Princeton, testified repeatedly before Congress, and delivered over 100 keynote addresses.