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Brett Bruen

Brett Bruen

President, Global Situation Room, Inc & Former Director of Global Engagement at the White House

We live in increasingly uncertain times.  It has never been more difficult to navigate the changes, challenges, and to create new opportunities around the world.  From cyberattacks to fake news, threats appear around every corner. 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 helped build many of President Obama’s legacy international initiatives.

Bruen is a pioneer in risk management.  During his service on the US National Security Council and in the years since, he developed some of the most cutting-edge strategies to counter crises.  A CNN investigation profiled his successful coordination of the United States’ initial response to Russian information operations in Europe.  When more than 200 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria, Brett created the Let Girls Learn campaign.  It featured top celebrities and generated billions of dollars in new support for girls education.  Marie Clare Magazine called “one of the most significant things to remember from the Obama White House.”

In his current role as President of the Global Situation Room, he runs a consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, international trade, and risk management.  GSR is a strategic partner of the public affairs firm Porter Novelli.  He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University and is a cabinet member of Harvard University’s President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation.  He is a contributor to US News and World Report and is interviewed on a daily basis by major media outlets on world events. Brett speaks fluent Spanish and French.