Evanna Hu

Evanna Hu is the CEO and Partner of Omelas, a cutting edge technology company that exposes imminent risks among digital data, and a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. By utilizing machine learning / artificial intelligence and data analytics, Omelas focuses on physical threats and identifies online campaigns of adversarial state and non-state actors. With offices in Washington, DC, Amman, Jordan, and Chicago, IL, Omelas is operational in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Evanna is also a subject matter expert in CVE/CT in both Salafi-jihadism and neo-Nazism and has worked at the intersection of governance, security, and technology in 25+ countries in Africa and the Middle East, including Kenya, Iraq, Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia, and Afghanistan. Prior to Omelas, she successfully founded two technology ventures, one based in Nairobi, Kenya and another in Amman, Jordan. To date, she has briefed 6 national heads of intelligence and has advised 12 Cabinet/Ministerial members on tech and security and spent 6+ years living in Africa and the Middle East. At the Atlantic Council, she specializes in acquisition pathways for emerging technologies for NATO and member countries and the ethics of emerging technologies. She was previously an International Security Fellow at New America, where she wrote extensively on CVE/CT issues. Prior to New America, she was a Technology Fellow at Quilliam. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Hu sits on the following Boards of nonprofits: Re:Coded, an Erbil-based nonprofit that gives livelihoods to refugees by teaching them how to code through a comprehensive training program in Iraq and Turkey; Promote Leadership, which is founded by active officers and veterans to foster inclusive leadership within the U.S. Special Operations Forces community; and Zaka Khan Foundation, which does reconstruction work in post-IS towns in the Ninevah Plains, Iraq. She has won numerous high-level accolades and recognition for her work.