Niloofar Razi Howe to enhance Vanderbilt’s national security experience

Niloofar Razi Howe (photo submitted)
Niloofar Razi Howe (photo submitted)

Vanderbilt University has named Niloofar Razi Howe, a technology entrepreneur and influential thought leader and strategist on homeland security and cyber threats, a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts and Science, effective July 1.

We are thrilled that Niloofar Razi Howe is joining Vanderbilt’s growing concentration of experts in disciplines related to national security and emerging threats, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. His deep experience in the cybersecurity industry and strong focus on innovation will raise the bar for our teaching and discovery in this critical area.

Howe served as session chair and speaker at the Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats in May 2022 and May 2023. This year, she chaired the panel Is Misinformation the New Malware? and she took part in a one-on-one chat with keynote speaker Jen Easterly. The interdisciplinary conferences brought together internationally recognized leaders of the military and intelligence communities with industry experts and academics to examine some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Howe is a senior operating partner at Energy Impact Partners, a venture capital fund that supports companies shaping a sustainable energy future. His previous positions include Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President at RSA Security, a global information security company, and Chief Strategy Officer at Endgame, a software security company. Howe began his professional career as an attorney with OMelveny & Myers and as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Howe earned a BA in English Literature from Columbia University before enrolling at Harvard Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctor and she graduated with honors.

Howe is a public speaker on national security, cybersecurity, technology, innovation, corporate governance and corporate culture. He created a TEDx talk, The Gift of Exile, about the long-term opportunities that can arise from the toughest childhood challenges. She speaks candidly of the challenges she endured as a child forced to leave her homeland during the Iranian revolution. Additionally, she credits those difficulties with helping her build resilience for her future career achievements.

Niloofar Razi Howe brings exceptionally strong leadership and expertise to Vanderbilt’s creative and transformative solutions designed to deliver rapid response to unexpected global threats, said C. Cybele Raver, chancellor and vice chancellor for academic affairs. I am confident that he will make a huge contribution to our national security initiatives.

Howe is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow of the International Security Program of New America, a nonpartisan think tank. She is a member of the Information Security Advisory Board of the Department of Homeland Security’s Information Security Agency.

Boards of directors on which he serves include Morgan Stanley Bank, NA and Morgan Stanley Private Bank, NA; Composecure Inc.; swim lane; Sustainable; and Tamr. In addition, he is chairman of the boards of Pondurance and IREX. He is a regular judge in innovation contests such as the RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest.

I am thrilled to join Vanderbilt University and support its core goals of fostering interdisciplinary research and driving innovative solutions to our most pressing national security and cybersecurity challenges, said Howe. I look forward to continuing to support the Vanderbilts Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats, which brings together public and private sector leaders from diverse disciplines to examine and discuss the future of conflict.

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