Edward Fishman is a foreign-policy expert, business operator, and investor with experience spanning government service, technology startups, media, and thank tanks. An expert on the intersection of business, economics, and national security, Mr. Fishman is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy and an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches a graduate-level course on economic statecraft and strategy. He is concurrently an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Fishman served at the U.S. Department of State as a member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff. In that role, Mr. Fishman advised Secretary of State John Kerry on Europe and Eurasia and led the staff’s work on economic sanctions, long-range strategic planning, and international order and norms. He also managed the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and represented the State Department at the National Security Council-led Strategic Planning Small Group, an interagency body that conducted wide-ranging strategic assessments of trends in geopolitics, economics, and technology.
Before joining the Policy Planning Staff, Mr. Fishman was the Russia and Europe Lead in the State Department’s Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation, where he played a central role in designing and negotiating international sanctions in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Earlier, Mr. Fishman served as a member of the Iran sanctions team, where he developed policies to strengthen sanctions against Iran and maintain pressure during the international nuclear negotiations. Mr. Fishman has also served at the Pentagon as special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and at the Treasury Department as special assistant to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. Mr. Fishman is a recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (twice) and its Meritorious Honor Award, having been recognized for his contributions to U.S. policy toward Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Iran.
In the private sector, Mr. Fishman has worked in operating roles at several high-growth technology companies, including Via, Zoox, and IronNet Cybersecurity. As a Director at Via, he built the company’s health transportation business, which provides software and services to public agencies and healthcare systems to increase access to care among underserved communities. He also led initiatives to commercialize autonomous vehicles and integrate them into public transit systems. Mr. Fishman actively invests in and advises mission-driven, early-stage technology startups that aim to improve American society and advance U.S. national interests.
Mr. Fishman began his career as an editor at Foreign Affairs. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico Magazine, Boston Review, and other outlets, and he appears regularly as an expert commentator on leading television and radio programs. A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Mr. Fishman holds a B.A. in History from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with distinction; and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.