Our Philosophy

Ethical Compass designs innovative, bespoke governance solutions to help some of the world’s leading companies identify and navigate ethical dilemmas.

We are passionate about helping our clients improve their ethical decision making. At Ethical Compass we work with our client to crystallize their core values, create an intellectual and institutional framework for ethical reasoning, and allow our clients to make key decisions transparent to stakeholders and the public.

Ethical Compass we believe the best way to add value is to add values.

Our Founders



Noah Feldman

Co-Founder and Chairman

Noah aspires to improve ethical decision-making in the private sector by creating and implementing new governance solutions.

Noah conceived and architected the Facebook Oversight Board and has advised crafted governance programs for several other companies. He is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and host of the Deep Background podcast.

In academic life, Noah is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Chair of the Society of Fellows at Harvard.

Noah earned his A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University, finishing first in his class. Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a D.Phil. from Oxford University, writing his dissertation on Aristotle’s Ethics. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He is the author of 10 books.

Seth Berman

Co-Founder and CEO

Seth has worked in the public and private sector addressing the new the challenges of the digital age for decades. He regularly advises companies and their boards on governance and ethical issues.

Prior to co-founding Ethical Compass, Seth worked as a white-collar criminal attorney - both as a federal and state prosecutor and as a defense attorney - and in this capacity worked with companies to craft governance and legal compliance programs. He is also a widely recognized expert on computer crime law and the investigation of and response to cyber-attacks.

For several years, Seth led the international operations for a digital forensics and incident response consulting company where he advised global corporations on preparing for and responding to cyberattacks. He regularly advises boards of directors on their role in the oversight of cyber security and data privacy and helped companies structure their cybersecurity governance programs.

Seth earned his A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review. He teaches cybercrime law and procedure at Harvard Law School

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