Speakers: Matthew D. Steinhelfer

Deputy Assistant Secretary at Department of State Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations

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Matthew D. Steinhelfer is the Department of State Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Deputy Assistant Secretary. A member of the Senior Executive Service, Matthew leads the Bureau’s efforts to anticipate, prevent, and respond to conflict and instability in the Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. He also oversees CSO’s Office of Advanced Analytics. Matthew joined CSO from the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA). In NEA, he led a team of democracy, governance, economic, and security sector subject matter experts responsible for thematic analysis and coordination of over $8.3 billion in annual U.S. foreign assistance. Matthew’s prior assignments include: Chief of Staff to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Political Military Affairs Unit Chief at U.S. Embassy Kabul; International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Central America Coordinator; and Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Program Officer for Southeast and East Asia, and Iraq. Matthew is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a M.S. in Peace Operations from George Mason University. He speaks German and Afghan Dari.

On the agenda

  1. Characterized by Conflict

    Sep. 28, 01:45pm Panel The Forum

    We are entering an era characterized by great power conflict. Satellite imagery is shaping the face of this conflict. It is shaping the way that we monitor and deter conflict, protect civilians, prevent atrocity, support refugees and IDPs and manage supply chain disruptions. At the same time, global conflict promises to change the Space Industry which has recently enjoyed a high degree of international cooperation around our common climate threat. What do shifting patterns of international cooperation and wavering commitment to peace in space mean for our work?



  1. Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  2. Caribou Space

  3. Esri

  4. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  5. Picterra

  6. Planet

  7. Replicable AI for Microplanning (RAMP)

  8. SparkGeo

  9. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


  1. Azavea

  2. Capella Space

  3. D4DInsights

  4. Element84

  5. European Space Agency (ESA)

  6. Locana

  7. PLACE

  8. Radiant Earth Foundation

  9. TileDB

  10. Umbra


  1. Cyient

  2. Development Seed

  3. DevGlobal

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