Dr. Amir Bagherpour is is an expert in the application of quantitative methods to social science with a particular emphasis on game theory. He is also a non-resident scholar at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Dr. Bagherpour served as the Director of Data Analytics in the Office of the Secretary of State. Prior to that he served as a Senior Conflict Analyst and Advisor to the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, where he led an interagency team responsible for predictive analysis. He is recognized by the Quadrennial Diplomacy Development Review for pioneering the application of computational analytics for the advancement of diplomacy and development. Prior to that Dr. Bagherpour was an application engineer and project manager for NSK, a Japanese owned global manufacturer of industrial and automotive motion control products. Dr. Bagherpour served in the U.S. Army as an Armor Officer and is the first Iranian-born graduate of West Point. He has a PhD in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University and an MBA specializing in market research from the University of California Irvine.