K. A. (Kim) TAIPALE is the founder and executive director of the Stilwell Center for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology Policy, a private, non-partisan research and advisory organization focused on information, technology, and national security policy. He is also a partner in Stilwell Holding LLC, a private investment firm, and a venture partner with Parkview Technology Merchant Banking.
Mr. Taipale is a senior fellow at theWorld Policy Institute and an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. He serves on the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, and, previously, on the Steering Committee of the American Law Institute's digital information project, the Science and Engineering for National Security Advisory Board of the Heritage Foundation, and the LexisNexis Information Policy Forum. He has served on the board or advisory board of several other companies and non-profit organizations.
Before founding the Center, Mr. Taipale was a senior fellow at Columbia University. Prior thereto, he was an investment banker at Lazard Frères & Company, a corporate executive at The Pullman Company, and, earlier, a lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Mr. Taipale is a frequent invited speaker, has appeared before Congressional and other national committees, and is the author of numerous academic papers, journal articles, and book chapters on information, technology, and national security issues. [selected publications]
In recent years, he has presented at the Aspen Institute, the Highlands Forum (OSD), the National Academies, the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the AAAS Policy Forum, the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the Yale Law School, the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School at Harvard University, the National Defense University, the Naval War College, and the Global Creative Leadership Forum, among others; and, has testified before the United States Senate Intelligence Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the House Intelligence Committee, among others.
Mr. Taipale has extensive professional experience in a wide variety of diverse endeavors and with many kinds of complex issues and transactions. He has worked with international and national corporations, government agencies and other public institutions, as well as start-up companies and not-for-profit organizations. He has also helped develop, secure funding for, and implement a number of non-profit information technology related projects, including the Harlem Environmental Access Project, the Advanced Media in Education Project, and others.
Mr. Taipale received his B.A. in psychology from New York University and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He also received his M.A. and his Ed.M. in communications from Columbia University and his LL.M. from the Columbia Law School.