Department of Technology and Society

EST625 Advanced Science, Technology, Innovation Policy

Guest Lecture

Open Science and National Security Policy

Helena Fu

Host: Fausto Fernandez

2pm, April 14, 2022


Bio: Helena Fu is the Director of the Office of International Science and Technology Cooperation and Trusted Research. Prior to joining the Office of Science, she served at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she co-chaired the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Research Security and supported efforts to promote entrepreneurship and regional innovation ecosystems. From 2012-2018 Helena served at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, first as the Deputy for Clean Energy and later as Director of the Department of Energy China Office, where she was responsible for leading a team to advance U.S. security and economic interests in the areas of energy, science and technology, and nuclear security and nonproliferation. Before government service, Helena led the development and growth of a new business line that delivered integrated planning solutions for cities and developments across Asia as Director of AECOM’s China Sustainability Center. She also previously consulted at ICF International and held fellowships at the City of Milan’s Urban Center and the U.K. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Helena holds a Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.S. in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Recommended readings:

White House. Presidential Memorandum on United States Government-Supported Research and Development National Security Policy.

National Science and Technology Council. Recommended Practices for Strengthening the Security and Integrity of America's Science and Technology Research Enterprise.

White House. FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Actions to Attract STEM Talent and Strengthen our Economy and Competitiveness.