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Arati Prabhakar

82 - Arati Prabhakar
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Prabhakar has restored morale and order to America’s premier research agency after her predecessor’s turbulent tenure. Prabhakar has emerged as a strong voice for intelligent investment while also protecting the “blue sky” nature of the agency. She’s respected not only for her technical savvy — she started her career at DARPA and has also directed the National Institutes for Standards and Technology — but also her investment acumen honed over years in the venture capital business at U.S. Venture Partners and director at startup companies. That experience will be vital for DARPA over the coming years of financial hardship.

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