Dr. Evelyn Farkas

Dr. Evelyn Farkas

Executive Director, McCain Institute

Evelyn Farkas is a senior executive, strategist, and advisor with three decades experience at the highest levels of global corporations, private and public sector organizations, the United States and foreign governments. As President of Farkas Global Strategies, she provides corporate executives and boards of directors with targeted advice based on her assessment of global patterns and trends for potential opportunities or challenges. Dr. Farkas is known for raising risk to the attention of corporate boards and government leadership and for leveraging technology companies’ capabilities to improve key defense acquisition programs. Her expertise includes operational resilience, risk mitigation, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, and export control policy.

Throughout her career, Dr. Farkas has built coalitions among divergent groups and successfully negotiated both critical, time sensitive issues and protracted situations. In recent years, she ran to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Prior to that, she was Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Atlantic Council. As a frequent contributor on television and radio outlets, she shapes national media conversations through on-air analysis for MSNBC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, among others.

She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia. Dr. Farkas was the Senior Advisor for public-private partnership to the Supreme Allied Commander NATO/Commander, U.S. European Command, and the Special Assistant “Sherpa” to the Secretary of Defense for the 2012 NATO Summit. Earlier, she was Executive Director of the congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism and Senior Fellow at the American Security Project. Dr. Farkas also taught at the Command and Staff College of the Marine Corps University and served in Bosnia with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). She served almost a decade as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee responsible for Asia Pacific, Western Hemisphere, Special Operations Command, and policy issues including combatting terrorism and export control.

During her career, she has been recognized with awards for exemplary service from the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the countries of Moldova and Lithuania. Franklin & Marshall College awarded her an Honorary Doctorate, and she received a Telly Award for Excellence in General Politics/Commentary. Dr. Farkas has published numerous journal articles and opinion pieces and Fractured States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Ethiopia, and Bosnia in the 1990s (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press).

She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Franklin & Marshall College, serving on the Audit and External and Community Engagement Committees. Rob Reiner selected her for his Advisory Board for the Committee to Investigate Russia. Dr. Farkas is a Board Member of The Project 2049 Institute, and the Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LC-WINS) serving as Co-Chair of the Finance and a member of the Governance Committees. She is a Board Member of Supporters for Civil Society in Russia and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the DC Family Courts. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Farkas holds both a M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; she earned a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College. She is fluent in Hungarian and German and studied French, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, Russian and Hindi.