Adam Hammer graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University with a degree in politics and international affairs. At Wake Forest, Adam served as Student Body President and was selected as the Z. Smith Reynolds Award winner for his senior thesis on the global financial crisis and the decline of U.S. hegemonic influence. Prior to seeking his undergraduate degree, Adam spent fifteen years abroad, living in Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Indonesia, and Singapore. Directly preceding Yale, Adam worked at Goldman Sachs in their Commodity-Linked Financing and Project Finance Group, where he advised corporate and sovereign clients in the energy, industrial, and renewables sectors. At Yale, Adam served as Jackson’s senator to the Graduate & Professional School Senate where he led the charge to reform Yale’s shuttle system and institutionalize dental insurance for graduate students. Along with Nat McLaughlin and Hannah Heether, Adam co-founded the Jackson Salon, a graduate discussion group that explores pressing local, national, and international topics in public policy. Adam served as a Teaching Fellow for three courses during his tenure at Jackson and in addition to his studies, served as an Associate at Schmidt Futures, Eric and Wendy Schmidt’s venture facility for public benefit located in New York City. As a student, he concentrated his studies in US foreign policy, national security, and public-private relationships. In his final year, Adam focused his attention on exploring how emerging technologies like artificial Intelligence, quantum computing, and misinformation distort and amplify traditional notions of state competition. After graduating from Yale in 2020, Adam joined Schmidt Futures full-time where he helps lead international and national security initiatives for the fund.