Jakub Hlavka

Jakub Hlavka, jakub hlavka
Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in international affairs, Georgetown University; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.Sc. in international trade, University of Economics, Prague


Jakub Hlávka is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research addresses R&D investment by the public and private sector; the impacts of innovation on health care, education and transportation; and the theory and practice of national security. Since joining RAND, he has contributed to studies for NASA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, and other national and international clients.

Prior to joining RAND, Hlávka served in research and consulting roles at the Fraunhofer Society in Leipzig, Germany, at RAND Europe in Cambridge, UK, and Brussels, Belgium, and at the Czech Government and Ministry of Finance in Prague. He has worked on intellectual property regulation, defense and aerospace industry trade, additive manufacturing (3D printing), fight against corruption and the regulation of derivative trading. As a doctoral fellow, he has completed an internship at Genentech where he specialized in R&D portfolio planning.

Hlávka received his master's degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, specializing in international security and technology policy, and his undergraduate degree in international trade from the University of Economics in Prague. He has also joined the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Prague Security Studies Institute as a regulatory and security policy scholar. He is fluent in Czech, English, German and French.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow in Competitive Intelligence, Fraunhofer Society

Recent Projects

  • NASA ARMD Flight Research Strategic Assessment
  • Economics of PCSK9 Inhibitors
  • Evaluating the Implementation of the ACA
  • Study on the Sustainability of the U.S. Blood Supply
  • Analysis of Frameworks for Evaluating Genomic Testing

Honors & Awards

  • Global Shaper, World Economic Forum
  • Leader of Tomorrow, St. Gallen Symposium
  • Young Leader 2017, Aspen Institute Central Europe


  • Cloud computing and lightning

    Strong Winds Ahead for Cloud Computing: Can Data Localization Threaten Future Growth?

    A growing number of constraints have been imposed around the world on information in the cloud, fueling concerns that the Internet, the economic engine of the information age, may become hopelessly fragmented.

    Apr 29, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • U.S. Marines receive a safety brief before they conduct live-fire drills during Trident Juncture 2015 in Almeria, Spain, October 27, 2015

    Building Interoperability for European Defense

    To make the most out of declining defense budgets, the U.S. needs to engage European forces to build interoperability that would enable joint operations to deter and defeat potential adversaries, even with little advance notice. But building interoperable units has often proved difficult even among the friendliest of nations.

    Nov 9, 2015 Defense News