Kim Taipale is the managing partner of Stilwell Holding LLC, a private investment firm, and the former chairman of the executive committee at Kobra International Ltd. He is also the founder and executive director of the Stilwell Center, a private research and advisory organization focused on information, technology, and national security policy, and is a director of the Stilwell Charitable Fund.
Mr. Taipale currently serves on the advisory board of The Common Good. He previously served on the advisory council at the World Policy Institute, on the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, and has served on the board or advisory board of several companies as well as other non-profit organizations.
Previously, Mr. Taipale was a senior fellow at Columbia University, an investment banker at Lazard Frères & Company, and, earlier, a lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Mr. Taipale has been a frequent invited speaker (selected appearances), has appeared before Congressional and other national committees (selected testimony), and is the author of numerous academic papers, journal articles, and book chapters on information policy, technology, and national security issues (selected publications). He has regularly advised senior policy makers in government and the private sector on technology and security issues.
In prior years, he has presented at the Aspen Institute, the Highlands Forum (OSD-DOD), the National Academies, the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the AAAS Policy Forum, the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the Brookings Institute, the Atlantic Council, the Yale Law School, the Texas Law School, the Duke Law School, the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School at Harvard University, the National Defense University, the Naval War College, the National Strategy Forum, the Global Creative Leadership Forum, the Boston Global Forum, and the Asian Leadership Conference, among others; and, has testified before the United States Senate Intelligence Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the House Intelligence Committee, among others.
Mr. Taipale has been quoted on business, technology and national security policy issues in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Boston Globe, Wired News, MIT Technology Review, Business Week, Newsweek and The Economist, among others, and has appeared on NPR, PBS, and ABC News, among others.
Mr. Taipale has extensive professional experience in a wide variety of diverse endeavors and with many kinds of complex issues and transactions. He has worked with international and national corporations, government agencies and other public institutions, established private companies and start-ups, and not-for-profit organizations. He has also helped develop, secure funding for, and implement a number of non-profit projects, including the Harlem Environmental Access Project, the Advanced Media in Education Project, and others.
Mr. Taipale received his B.A. in psychology from New York University and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He also received his M.A. and his Ed.M. in communications from Columbia University and his LL.M. from the Columbia Law School.