Heidi Crebo-Rediker – Keynote Speaker

Former Chief Economist at the US State Department

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Specialist Subjects

  • Navigating Geopolitical Risk and Opportunity
  • Geoeconomics, Macro and Markets
  • Supply Chains and Resilience
  • Economic Statecraft: Tools of the Trade
  • Competitiveness: Infrastructure, Energy and Technology Investment


  • English


Heidi Crebo-Rediker has held senior leadership positions at the intersection of national security, international finance, geopolitics and policy, both in government and business, over the past 30 years. Known for providing actionable strategic advice – a rare dot-connecter – at the Cabinet Secretary, C-Suite and Board level, she draws on her extensive U.S. and overseas experience as a successful proven business builder within large private institutions and entrepreneur within the U.S. government.

Heidi Crebo-Rediker is a General Partner and Executive Vice President at America’s Frontier Fund, a venture capital fund that invests in frontier technologies. She is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations where she specializes in Economic Statecraft and leads the high-level Roundtable Series on Geoeconomics. She is former CEO, and remains a Partner, at International Capital Strategies – a boutique advisory firm that provides clients with market-relevant insights on the intersection of macroeconomics, geopolitics, policy and global financial markets.

She served on the Biden Treasury Department Transition team as lead on International Affairs through January 2021. From August 2019 through the 2020 election, she led and built Biden’s international economic policy team for his Presidential campaign, crafting and contributing to incoming Administration policy on national economic security, China policy, supply chain resilience, trade, energy and energy security, the IMF and Multilateral Development Banks, sanctions and export controls, as well as to the domestic competitiveness and investment agenda. She provided advice on geoeconomics and international economic policy, financial markets, and infrastructure finance on two previous presidential campaigns.

Previously, Heidi Crebo-Rediker served in the Obama Administration as the State Department’s first Chief Economist. She provided strategic advice to two Secretaries of State on the integration of economics and finance with geopolitics to help craft and launch “Economic Statecraft” in the Administration. Her remit encompassed a wide range of foreign policy issues, both crisis-related and longer-term challenges and opportunities with economic drivers. Before this, she served as the Chief of International Finance and Economics for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Over her previous, nearly two-decade investment banking career based in Europe as a Managing Director at several bulge bracket investment banks, she managed businesses ranging from Sovereign and Public Sector Banking, European Debt Capital Markets, to Emerging Markets Debt Capital Markets. Areas of industry focus were energy and mining, financial services and telecommunications. She began her career in Energy Merchant Banking and investing in Russia/CIS.

She has been a guest lecturer at MIT, Stanford, Georgetown, West Point, and the U.S. Naval Academy and holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics. Her views on navigating geopolitical risk and opportunity, financial and economic matters have been carried in many forums, including CNN, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Fortune, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and elsewhere.

Heidi Crebo-Rediker is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. She was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by The Wall Street Journal Europe.

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