Securing America’s Edge in Global Markets


The National Security Institute and the Business Executives of National Security are excited to co-host an exclusive conversation on Securing America’s Edge in Global Markets on Thursday, April 29, from 2 PM to 3 PM ET.

As the United States and China vie for global influence, what does this geopolitical competition mean for U.S. markets and financial services? Join us and leading experts for an important conversation on how Great Power Competition impacts global markets.


This event features: 

  • Dave Hanke, NSI Visiting Fellow, and former Professional Staff Member, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Dr. Meg Rithmire, F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor, Harvard Business School
  • Ted Schlein, NSI Advisory Board member and General Partner, Kleiner Perkins
  • Brian Kelly, Managing Partner at Asian Century Quest Capital (moderator)


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Featured Speakers:


Dave Hanke is a partner at Arent Fox and a go-to national security lawyer for domestic and foreign companies navigating the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and implementation of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) – the most sweeping overhaul of CFIUS in 40 years. Dave advises defense contractors and other companies on issues of foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI) in accordance with the government’s National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).  Dave also provides cybersecurity advice and representation to companies that contract with federal agencies. Prior to joining Arent Fox, Dave spent over 12 years on Capitol Hill, serving in a variety of national security staff positions, including as a Professional Staff Member on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as Counsel for National Security Affairs to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), then-Senate Majority Whip. He was the primary staff architect of Sen. Cornyn’s FIRRMA legislation and the chief strategist behind its 2018 enactment. Dave received his BS from Indiana University in 1999 and his JD from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2003.


Dr. Meg Rithmire is a F. Warren MacFarlan associate professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit. Professor Rithmire holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University, and her primary expertise is in the comparative political economy of development with a focus on China and Asia. Her first book, Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines the role of land politics, urban governments, and local property rights regimes in the Chinese economic reforms. A new project, for which Meg conducted fieldwork in Asia 2016-2017, investigates the relationship between capital and the state and globalization in Asia. The project focuses on a comparison of China, Malaysia, and Indonesia from the early 1980s to the present. The research has two components; first, examining how governments attempt to discipline business and when those efforts succeed and, second, how business adapts to different methods of state control.


Ted Schlein joined Kleiner Perkins in 1996 and focuses on early-stage technology companies in the enterprise software and infrastructure markets, including ventures within the networking and consumer security arenas.  Ted was the founding CEO of Fortify Software, a pioneer in the software security market and now an HP company. He serves on the board of directors of 3VR, Area 1 Security, Alien Vault, Chegg, CoreOS, FullStory, Incorta, Inspirato, Ionic Security, IronNet Cybersecurity, Phantom Security,, Shape Security, Synack, Trusona, and UJet. Additionally, Ted oversees Kleiner Perkins’ investments in Ayasdi, Carbon Black, Endgame Systems, and Segment. Before joining KPCB, Ted served as vice president, Enterprise Solutions at Symantec. One of Symantec’s early employees, he played an instrumental role in the company’s growth and dominance as a global software leader. Ted led Symantec’s successful move into the software utilities market, as well as the launch of its commercial anti-virus solution, an offering that quickly emerged as the industry gold standard. Ted holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.




Brian Kelly is founder and Managing Partner of Asian Century Quest Capital, LLC. ACQ is an alternative asset manager focused on publicly traded equities across Asian equity markets. ACQ’s portfolio has historically included extensive exposure in Japan as well as greater China, Korea, Taiwan and India. At its peak ACQ managed over $3.5bn in gross assets with offices in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Today ACQ manages internal capital and consults for alternative asset managers focused on Asia.  Prior to founding ACQ in 2005, Brian was a partner with US hedge fund Maverick Capital focusing on Asian markets. Brian also spent 14 years with Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, London and New York working in international capital markets. Brian is a graduate of Harvard Business School (1993) and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (1985) with a certificate in Asian studies. Having lived in Japan for 10 years, Brian is fluent in written and spoken Japanese.