Don’t miss James Comey, director
of the FBI (2013-2017) at
ENGAGE 2018!

James Comey

Director, Federal Bureau of
Investigation (2013-2017)

James Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. His tenure was tested by new foces within and outside America’s borders. He oversaw the federal response to mass shootings in San Bernardino in December 2015 and Pulse nightclub in Orlando the following June, at the time the deadliest in the country’s history. He also worked to address key leadership, agility and diversity issues within the Bureau.

Prior to his service at the FBI, Comey worked as a federal prosecutor in New York and Virginia as well as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. deputy attorney in the administration of President George W. Bush. In the private sector, he worked at law firms and as the general counsel of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor, and Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedgefund.

Comey is the 2017–2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and a Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.

A native of the New York metropolitan area, Comey attended the College of William & Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. He and his wife Patrice have five children and live in Northern Virginia.

Second keynote speaker just announced – Nick Szabo

Nick Szabo

Digital Currency Expert

Nick Szabo is a computer scientist, legal scholar and cryptographer known for his research in digital contracts and digital currency. The phrase and concept of “smart contracts” was developed by Szabo with the goal of bringing what he calls the “highly evolved” practices of contract law and practice to the design of electronic commerce protocols between strangers and the internet. Smart contracts are a major feature of cryptocurrency and the programming language.

Szabo influentially argued that a minimum granularity of micropayments is set by mental transaction costs. In 1998, Szabo designed a mechanism for a decentralized digital currency called “bit gold.” Though never implemented, bit gold has been called “a direct precursor to the Bitcoin architecture.”

Szabo graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in computer science. He earned a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from these exciting speakers!