Keith Krach is an accomplished Transformational Leader in diplomacy, business, higher education, leadership development, and mentorship.

 

As Under Secretary of State, Keith developed the world’s first Trust Doctrine for Global Economic Security. Krach’s Clean Network Alliance of Democracies applied these Trust Principles to prevent an authoritarian government from infiltrating global 5G.

 

Krach’s work to advance freedom and defend against authoritarianism continues through the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy.

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Keith Krach’s endless quest to challenge the status quo and make a profound and far-reaching impact on the world.

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Krach’s mission: build a global network founded on Trust, to advance freedom and defend against authoritarianism.

Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy

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Krach Leadership Center -- Purdue

The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy is a bipartisan, technology-focused, international policy institute headquartered at Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana, and in Washington D.C. ​

The Institute specializes in “tech-statecraft,” a model of diplomacy that combines high-tech expertise and tech sector experience with foreign policy and national security sectors to ensure that advanced technologies are used to advance freedom.​

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As Under Secretary of State, Krach created the Clean Network alliance of democracies, rallying countries and companies around his Trust Doctrine for Global Economic Security. ​

More than 60 nations, representing more than two thirds of the world’s gross domestic product, and 200 telecom companies, had publicly committed to the trust principles of The Clean Network. This dramatically reduced the influence of China’s national champion, Huawei, and helped ensure that global communications networks advance freedom – not authoritarianism.​

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“Keith Krach is one of the few leaders I’ve known in business that could put on a uniform tomorrow and be effective as a general in the United States Army.”
Stan McChrystal
4-Star General (ret.) U.S. Army, Founder & CEO McChrystal Group

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Krach shares the strategic insights that have helped him build billion-dollar companies, create new categories and transform industry, philanthropy, education and diplomacy. ​

CREATING TRUSTED TECH CATEGORIES

Creating a new category that people trust is the best way to establish a dominant market position. This strategy works whether you’re in the public or private sector.

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BUILDING TRUSTED TEAMS

The company or organization with the best team wins, period. To build a high performance team, you need to create an environment where diverse teams can work together with a shared vision. The foundation is TRUST.

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FORMING TRUSTED PARTNERSHIPS

Striking up trusted strategic partnerships is a powerful way to tap new markets, increase scale, and build a brand and bottom line. This is true whether you’re talking enterprise software or NATO.

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CONSTRUCTING TRUST NETWORKS

No matter what you’re trying to achieve, a trusted network can expand your reach and influence. To really accelerate growth, build a network of networks.

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DEVELOPING TRUST STANDARDS

In Silicon Valley, industry standards set the rules of the game. DocuSign created the xDTM standard to measure the level of trust in a transaction. The Clean Network set trust standards that enabled countries to safeguard information and freedom.

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Biography

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Keith Krach is a Silicon Valley innovator and dedicated public servant. He founded and led several category-creating companies—including Ariba, the world’s largest B2B e-commerce network, which transacts $3.7 trillion annually; and DocuSign, inventors of digital transaction management, serving 1 million companies, and over a billion users. He served as Chairman of Purdue University, and as International President of Sigma Chi Fraternity.​

As Under Secretary of State, Krach built the Clean Network Alliance of Democracies to defeat the CCP’s masterplan to control 5G; spearheaded the largest onshoring in US history to secure the semiconductor supply chain; strengthened ties with Taiwan by becoming the highest-ranking State Department official to visit in 41 years, and orchestrating the Lee Economic Prosperity

Partnership; drove divestment in CCP companies to protect US investors from unknowingly financing Chinese military buildup; and mobilized action against CCP’s ethnic/religious genocide in Xinjiang. As a result of these and other national security initiatives, Krach and his family were sanctioned by the CCP.

For his work securing 5G, his advocacy for Taiwan and his actions on behalf of the persecuted Uyghur minority, Krach was nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

Today, he serves as chairman of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, a bipartisan institute devoted to applying the lessons learned from the Clean Network to a broad set of other critical technologies that must be safeguarded to protect our freedom.​

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Jun, 1999

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High Flying Ariba soars up 291 percent in IPO

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Apr, 2018

DocuSign — Krach’s third successful IPO

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Sep, 2020

Keith Krach highest ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 41 years

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Mar, 2022

Keith Krach nominated for 2022 Nobel Peace Prize

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Jun, 1999

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High Flying Ariba soars up 291 percent in IPO

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Apr, 2018

DocuSign — Krach’s third successful IPO

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Sep, 2020

Keith Krach highest ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 41 years

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Mar, 2022

Keith Krach nominated for 2022 Nobel Peace Prize

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Mama Krach’s Korner

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What matters most in life is what you do when nobody’s looking.
Ego is your enemy, and humility is your friend.
Success needs no explanation. Failure needs no alibi.
You can have the greatest strategy in the world, but if you can’t execute, you’ll fail every time loud & proud.
People can deny your logic, but they cannot deny your enthusiasm.
The definition of charisma is making someone feel like they are the only one in a crowded room.
The more you face your fears, the braver you become.
When life hands you a bag of sour lemons, the objective of the game is to turn’em into sweet lemonade.