Ashkan Soltani Speaker

Ashkan Soltani Keynote Speaker

  • Executive Director - California Privacy Protection Agency
  • Former Senior Advisor under the Chief Technology Officer. - White House (2015-16)
  • Former Chief Technologist - Federal Trade Commission (2014-15)

Ashkan Soltani's Biography

Ashkan Soltani is an award-winning journalist, researcher, and technologist who has spent over a decade working at the intersection of technology, policy, and society. As a technology policy expert and entrepreneur, Ashkan is a sought-after speaker who has presented at global conferences on consumer privacy, big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

As one of the pioneers in security and privacy research, Ashkan has spent the past several years helping expose the inner workings of some of the world’s most powerful institutions, including Google, Twitter, Facebook, HTC, and PulsePoint, where he led investigations. In 2021, he was appointed as Executive Director of the California Privacy Protection Agency, where he helped design the California Consumer Privacy Act, which was approved in 2018. Before this appointment, Ashkan spent more than a decade as an independent technology expert providing forensics and analysis services on cybersecurity and internet architecture.

He previously worked as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also served as the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Technologist, advising the commission on technology policy and helping establish its new Office of Technology Research and Investigation. While serving as the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Technologist, he helped create the institution’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation.

A long-time advocate for user privacy and security, Ashkan has been featured in major media outlets, including Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Washington Post, and Wired magazine. He was also part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014 for their work on NSA surveillance.

Ashkan holds Distinguished Fellowship at Georgetown University Law School and the Institute for Technology Law & Policy. He formerly served on the Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Technical Advisory Board.

Ashkan is a renowned speaker and thought leader who has engaged global audiences, delivering insightful speeches on data privacy, security, and accountability.

Read More

Videos of Ashkan Soltani

Why Privacy Matters | Panel Five
Why Privacy Matters | Panel Five
Individual State Privacy Laws Can Cover More Issues Than a Federal Law
Individual State Privacy Laws Can Cover More Issues Than a Federal Law
Digital Contact Tracing | Epic Talks
Digital Contact Tracing | Epic Talks
Ashkan Soltani at UC Berkeley
Ashkan Soltani at UC Berkeley

Check Ashkan Soltani's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…


    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    View our related Speakers

    Edward Lucas Speaker
    Edward Lucas
    Independent Expert in European and Transatlantic security
    Jake Davis Speaker
    Jake Davis
    Expert on hacking, hacker culture and cyber security
    Sir Alex Younger Speaker
    Sir Alex Younger
    Former Chief of MI6 - the Secret Intelligence Service
    Lauri Love Speaker
    Lauri Love
    Professional hacker, cybersecurity expert & political activist
    Carissa Véliz Speaker
    Carissa Véliz
    Expert in technology and ethics at the University of Oxford
    Radek Sikorski Speaker
    Radek Sikorski
    Senior Statesman and Expert in Geopolitics
    jorden woods headshot
    Jorden Woods Speaker
    Jorden Woods
    Technologist & serial entrepreneur
    Emma Briant speaking
    Emma Briant Speaker
    Emma Briant
    Speaker on data-driven digital influence, information warfare and contemporary propaganda.
    julian king
    Julian King Speaker
    Julian King
    EU Commissioner for the Security Union (2016-2019)
    Cathy Mulligan Speaker
    Cathy Mulligan
    Adviser on Digital Transformation, Big Data, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain