Dr. Richard Falkenrath, Chief Administrative Officer for Bridgewater, is this year's keynote speaker at the 11th annual GFA Symposium.
Falkenrath joined Bridgewater in 2014 and is also a Partner and a member of the firm's Operating Committee. He is responsible for operational risk management and administration, and oversees legal, regulatory, employee relations, talent and recruiting, and security functions, real estate and facilities, and the firm’s COVID task force. Prior to his current role, Falkenrath was Chief Security Officer for six years and was responsible for all aspects of Bridgewater’s security as well as business continuity management and the company’s media functions.
Prior to joining Bridgewater, Falkenrath was a contributing editor on Bloomberg TV, was the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, served as Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism of the New York City Police Department from 2006–2010, and was Assistant Professor at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was also a member of the White House staff from 2000 to 2004, ultimately as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor. Falkenrath is currently a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is also a member of the Trilateral Commission and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Falkenrath is a summa cum laude graduate of Occidental College, with degrees in economics and international relations. He received a Ph.D. from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.