About Jamie Metzl

Jamie Metzl is a technology futurist and geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, media commentator, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council.

Technology Futurist, Geopolitics Expert, Sci-Fi Novelist, Keynote Speaker

Jamie Metzl is a technology futurist and geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, media commentator, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. In February 2019, he was appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on developing global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing.

Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. He is a former Partner of a New York-based global investment firm, serves on the Advisory Council to Walmart’s Future of Retail Policy Lab, is a faculty member for Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference, was Chief Strategy Officer for a biotechnology company, and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in Kansas City in 2004. Jamie has served as an election monitor in Afghanistan and the Philippines, advised the government of North Korea on the establishment of Special Economic Zones, and is the Honorary Ambassador to North America of the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy.

Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing Asian economic and political issues and his syndicated columns and other writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics are featured regularly in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata. His non-fiction book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Revolution and the Future of Humanity, published by Sourcebooks, can be purchased here.

A founder and Co-Chair of the national security organization Partnership for a Secure America, Jamie is a board member of the International Center for Transitional Justice and the American University in Mongolia, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations is a former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.

Jamie speaks frequently to corporate, nonprofit, and academic audiences around the world.

For more, visit Jamie’s website.


Polymath Jamie Metzl on AI, Genetics, and the Future

Psychology Today, November 2018

“At a recent evening in San Diego, Jamie Metzl, J.D., Ph.D., a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, former White House Fellow, and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, was conducting a modern-day “cacao ceremony” at Exponential Medicine, an event for innovators, clinicians, executives and investors in healthcare…” read full profile

A Modern Day Renaissance Man Shares Lessons On Happiness, Habits, And Health

The Huffington Post, December 2014

“That Jamie Metzl has completed nearly 50 extreme endurance events, including Ironman Triathlons and ultramarathons, is not mentioned until the very final line of his personal biography. It is, apparently, the least notable of his accomplishments…” read full profile

Selected articles by Jamie Metzl

Making Babies in the Year 2045

New York Times, April 11, 2019

Is Sex for Reproduction About to Become Extinct?

leapsmag.com, November 29, 2018

Building a Better Baby

US News & World Report, October 22, 2014

The Genetics Epidemic

Foreign Affairs, October 13, 2014

Brave New World War

Democracy Journal, Spring 2008

Life: Coming to a Screen Near You

World Policy Journal, Fall 2008


Jamie speaks to groups around the world about the future of human genetic engineering. Learn more here.

Jamie Metzl evangelizing about the intersecting AI and genomics revolutions for Singularity University.