Elizabeth "Libbie" Prescott, Georgetown University

Professor of the Practice and Director of Curriculum for Science, Technology, and International Affairs

Elizabeth "Libbie" Prescott Biography

Dr. Elizabeth “Libbie” Prescott works at the intersection of science, technology, and security as the Deputy Director and Education Portfolio Lead for MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator (MD5 NSTA) and Adjunct Associate faculty at Georgetown University in the Center for Security Studies in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Previously, Libbie served at the U.S. Department of State as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom; Counselor and Strategic Advisor to the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State E. William Colglazier; and Science and Technology Adviser to the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell.

Libbie has also served as Practice Head for Biosecurity at the Eurasia Group; a AAAS Congressional Fellow for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions working for Senator Edward M. Kennedy; a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies-US; a Fellow at the National Academy of Science’s Board on Science, Technology & Economic Policy; and consulted for the Strategy Division of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. She is a former Council on Foreign Relations Term Member; Center for New American Security Next Generation National Security Leader; German Marshall Fund Young Strategist, GPPi Global Governance Futures Fellow 2027, and Truman National Security Project Fellow.

Libbie has her doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Oxford, Balliol College and dual degrees with high honors in Economics and Molecular & Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. As a recovering scientist, in her downtime Libbie enjoys the challenges of urban gardening and is an avid scuba diver.