IrSY 2019 Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Dezenski


Media & Communications: Vincent Storimans


Sustainability & Development: David Rank


Elaine Dezenski is the founder and CEO of LumiRisk, an international risk advisory advancing transformational initiatives in transparency, anti-corruption, good governance, and security.  Previously, Dezenski held executive leadership positions at the World Economic Forum, including Head of the Forum’s Global Risk Response Network and Head of the Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI).  She also served in senior leadership roles at INTERPOL and Cross Match Technologies; and served in various senior positions in the US government, including Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She began her career at the Transportation Division of Siemens Corporation. Dezenski is a senior advisor to the Financial Integrity Network and an advisory board member of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Wheaton College (MA). 


Vincent Storimans (1979) is a Dutch diplomat who has been serving as Deputy Consul General at the Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco since September 2018. Prior to this posting he served as First Secretary at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington D.C. (2015-2018). In this position he worked on Trade Promotion, Energy and the Embassy’s Holland on the Hill Program. Prior to his postings in the US Vincent served as Private Secretary to the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Mrs. Lilianne Ploumen (2013 –2015). From 2011-2013 he worked as Second Secretary at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing, P.R.C. In that role he was responsible for the (Renewable) Energy and Finance Portfolio. He represented the Netherlands as a member of delegation at international meetings and conferences, including EU Council Secretariat Working Groups on Disarmament in Brussels, BTWC Expert Meetings and Meetings of States Parties in Geneva, Wilton Park conferences in Steyning (UK) and the UNGA First Committee Session in New York. 


Security & Conflict: Nicholas Eidemiller

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Cyber Technology & Espionage: Edward Wittenstein


Dave Rank spent 27 years as a State Department Foreign Service Officer, including his final assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission and, following the 2016 election, as the Charge’ d’Affaires (acting Ambassador) at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In Washington, he worked in the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), the State Department Korea desk, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and as a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. In 2015 he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for his role in the release of the only American servicemember held by the enemy in Afghanistan. He is also the recipient of the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Award for the study of languages and their related cultures. He now serves as the head of the China practice at The Cohen Group, a global business strategy consultancy. 


Nicholas Eidemiller is currently a Lecturer at Yale University and a Major in the United States Army. He hails from Paso Robles, California but also spent his childhood in Nevada and Hawaii. Eidemiller earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy in 2008. He served as an Infantry officer in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, stationed in Vicenza, Italy, from 2008-2012. During that time, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and worked on efforts across the continent. Following his participation in the 2012 Best Ranger Competition in Fort Benning, Georgia, Eidemiller earned his Green Beret and joined the Special Forces. Following rigorous training, to include the Combat Diver and Military Freefall, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), stationed in Okinawa, Japan. While there, he deployed in excess of twenty times, in support of training and operational objectives. He transferred to a Special Operations Detachment affiliated with NATO in 2017


Edward (“Ted”) Wittenstein is director of International Relations & Leadership Programs for Yale’s Office of International Affairs, where he works in partnership with faculty, deans, and other key university administrators to advance a wide range of Yale initiatives around the world.  A lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, he also serves as executive director of Yale’s Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy and as executive director of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. Wittenstein is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School who previously worked as Special Assistant to former Yale President Richard Levin and as Director of Special Projects for Vice President Linda Lorimer. Before returning to work for Yale, Wittenstein held a variety of national security positions at the Department of Defense, Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.