Brett Bruen

We live in an increasingly uncertain world.  Especially for companies, it has never been more difficult to navigate the changes, challenges, and to create new opportunities.  From cyber security to terrorism threats appear around every corner.  By sharing the latest skills and strategies for businesses to respond to these risks, Brett Bruen helps make the world an easier place to understand and operate.  During twelve years as a U.S. diplomat, Brett became a specialist in using strategic communications to influence the course of crisis and conflict.  As Director of Global Engagement at the White House, he was responsible for public diplomacy programs, international media, crisis communications, and global entrepreneurship.  He is now a leading expert on counter-crisis management, a term he coined during his time on the U.S. National Security Council.

While at the White House, Brett coordinated the United States’ response to Russian propaganda, developing the first interagency communications taskforce to push back against misinformation. When more than 200 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria, Brett created a new campaign called Let Girls Learn that featured top celebrities.  He also built the President’s Spark Global Entrepreneurship initiative that has raised billions for emerging entrepreneurs around the world.  While in the diplomatic service, Brett also worked in Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Iraq, Venezuela, Argentina, Zambia, and Eritrea.  In his current role as President of the Global Situation Room, he runs a consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, international market research, and risk management.  He also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Federal Executive Institute, where he trains senior U.S. Government leaders on strategy and world affairs.  Brett has spoken at numerous conference and at top universities, including Harvard, UCLA, and the University of Southern California.  He is regularly interviewed by international media.  Brett graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Masters in Global History from the London School of Economics.