To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
Dr. Syra Madad is a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center.
Dr. Madad is a nationally recognized leader and epidemiologist in public health and special pathogens preparedness and response. She is Senior Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program at New York City Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest municipal healthcare delivery system. She is Principal Investigator of NYC Health + Hospitals Institute for Diseases and Disaster Management. In addition, Dr. Madad is Core Faculty in the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC), funded by CDC and ASPR. She is a Fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Health Security’s Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity, Senior Fellow in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Informatics & Technological Enterprise Studies and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists.
Dr. Madad holds a Doctoral degree in Health Science with a concentration in Global Health from Nova Southeastern University and Master of Science in Biotechnology with a concentration in Biodefense and Biosecurity from the University of Maryland. She also holds numerous certifications and trainings in all-hazards CBRNE, emergency management and infection prevention and control. Dr. Madad has been part of and led numerous infectious disease responses from Ebola to Zika and recently, COVID19. She has over 50 publications and has been a guest speaker at over 70 scientific/medical conferences around the world.
Dr. Madad plays one of the lead roles in the Netflix docuseries, Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak, which follows a handful of leaders throughout the world on the frontlines to prevent the next outbreak.Last Updated: Sep 21, 2020, 5:26pm