Colin Bortner

Senior Advisor

Colin Bortner is a senior advisor with Glen Echo Group, where he helps clients navigate issues in the technology, media, and telecommunications space and engage in the US, EU, and globally.

Previously, Colin led public policy and government affairs for Netflix in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), based out of the company's headquarters in Amsterdam. In that role, he established Netflix's presence in Brussels and EU member states and developed relationships with policymakers and diverse stakeholders, including industry and civil society partners, to shape the development and implementation of EU policies consistent with Netflix's business priorities.

Prior to relocating to Europe, Colin led public policy and government affairs for Netflix's waves of international expansions and was a key advisor to Netflix's C-suite on censorship requests and managing communication around them. He also played a central role in Netflix's exploration of partnerships with state owned enterprises and other market players in China, including regular on-the-ground work in Beijing and elsewhere.

Most recently, Colin co-founded Ivy Natal, a California-based biotechnology startup that is applying CRISPR and machine learning to eliminate age-related declines in women's fertility. He formed and served as the company's first CEO, and led its fundraising, operations, and the recruitment of its staff, partners, and advisors. He recently transitioned to an advisor role for the company, which is continuing with its R&D agenda.

Colin began his career in Washington, DC as a paid intern for the US House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester with degrees in mathematics and linguistics.

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