In addition to his role at Teneo, Dr. Shinn is a lecturer at Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he researches decision-making under uncertainty and teaches a regular course on technical innovation, EGR492.
Dr. Shinn worked as a general manager and then entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, first at Advanced Micro Devices, a Sunnyvale, California-based integrated circuit producer, and then at Dialogic, a Parsippany, New Jersey-based software firm, which he co-founded. Dialogic did an IPO in 1992. Dr. Shinn then served as a lead investor and board member at several engineering start-ups.
In the public sector, after posts in the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Shinn served as the National Intelligence Officer for Asia at the Central Intelligence Agency. He became Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia at the Pentagon from 2006 – 2008, where his area of policy responsibility ranged from Herat to Honolulu and included, notably, the War in Afghanistan.
He currently sits on the advisory boards of CQS, a London-based hedge fund; Kenshō Financial, a Cambridge-based data analytics firm; and Monitor360, a San Francisco-based narrative analytics firm.
He is a regular contributor to Institutional Investor magazine on political risk. Other academic publications include chapters in Politics in the New Hard Times (Cornell University Press, 2013) and The Great Recession’s Impact on Corporate Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2011); Afghan Peace Talks: A Primer (RAND Press 2011), with James Dobbins; and Political Power and Corporate Control (Princeton University Press, 2005), with Peter Gourevitch.
He holds a BA from Princeton, MBA from Harvard, and a PhD from Princeton.