Speaker profile


  • Ms Susan Ness
    Senior Fellow, SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations
    Johns Hopkins University


A former member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Susan Ness is a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, a top-rated policy-oriented research institute in Washington, D.C. She focuses on transatlantic digital issues, including regulation of hate speech and malevolent disinformation online, privacy and national security, the digital single market, and trade, in addition to global women’s leadership. She also is the head of Susan Ness Strategies, a communications policy consulting firm. During her FCC tenure from 1994-2001, Commissioner Ness championed competition, and played a key role on spectrum policy, auctions, and new technologies. She frequently represented the FCC internationally on trade, spectrum, and standards policy.

Ms. Ness is a member of the board of TEGNA (NYSE-TGNA), a media company delivering relevant content and information across all platforms, and Vital Voices Global Partnership, an NGO that identifies and assists emerging women leaders worldwide. She is an affiliated expert of ITIF. Previously, she was a member of the State Department International Communications Advisory Committee, was Vice Chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and was a member of the European Institute Board of Advisors.

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