Abi Olvera

 Non-Resident Fellow, Council on Strategic Risks

Abi Olvera is a Non-Resident Fellow at CSR focusing on the AI-bio-cyber risks nexus and early biothreat detection. With over 7 years of experience as a diplomat with the Department of State, she has worked extensively on crisis preparedness, national security, international coordination, China issues, and emerging tech risks, including AI and cybersecurity. Abi has served as Vice Consul in the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, an economic diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo focusing on Egypt’s $12 billion IMF program, international financial flows, and macroeconomic stability, and the cybersecurity and law enforcement officer at the China Desk. Abi has also served as a director of emerging risk, specializing in tech issues at an advocacy organization, and is currently an affiliate of the Rethink Priorities AI Governance team.

In addition to her work on tech governance, Abi has a background in urban planning, economic development, poverty, and global health. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a Masters degree from Yale. Abi was also a Thomas R Pickering Fellow and a TEDx Albuquerque speaker on urban issues. She is the founder of Global Shapers Albuquerque and a board member of New Mexico Open Elections and BikeABQ. She is also Class of 2023 for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) Next Gen Global Leaders Network and New Mexico’s Emerge.