Rockford Weitz

Board Member
10 years

Rockford Weitz, Ph.D. serves as President and a founding Board Director at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies. He is also Entrepreneur Coach at the Fletcher School and President & CEO at Rhumb Line International LLC, a consultancy that provides strategic advice to entrepreneurs and startups.

In 2014, he was founding Executive Director at FinTech Sandbox Inc., a nonprofit whose mission is to promote entrepreneurship and innovation globally in the financial technology sector. From 2008 to 2013, he served as founding CEO at CargoMetrics, leading the effort to build a financial technology business that started in his Cambridge apartment.

Prior to co-founding CargoMetrics, he was a team leader of the Fletcher Abu Dhabi Project, a senior fellow at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc., a fellow at the Fletcher Maritime Studies Program and a counter-terrorism fellow at Fletcher's Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies. He also has taught courses in Jurisprudence, Maritime Security and Contemporary Maritime Affairs at the Fletcher School, and published op-eds in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Straits Times (Singapore), among others.

Before co-founding Rhumb Line in 2005, he served as international counsel at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., leading the effort to open 12 international subsidiaries and streamline global operations. He also worked at the U.S. Trade Representative, and co-founded and served as Program Director of the Borgenicht Peace Initiative, a social entrepreneurship venture in Bethlehem.

Rockford earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School and a B.A. in International Relations: Political Economy from the College of William and Mary. He is a fellow in the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, an advisory board member of the Fletcher School's Southwest-Central Asia and Islamic Civilization Program, a member of the Fletcher School's Development Committee and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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