Brett Bruen

Mark Little

Former U.S. Diplomat & Director of Global Engagement at the White House

We live in an increasingly uncertain times. It has never been more difficult to navigate the changes, challenges, and to create new opportunities around the world. From cyber security to terrorism, 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 coordinated the United States Government’s public diplomacy programs, international media, crisis communications, and global entrepreneurship. He is now a leading expert on counter-crisis management theory, a term he coined during his time on the U.S. National Security Council

A CNN investigation documented his leadership of the US Government’s initial response to Russian propaganda in 2014. When more than 200 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria, Brett created a new campaign called Let Girls Learn that featured top celebrities. While in the diplomatic service, Brett worked in the 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. GSR is a strategic partner of the public affairs firm Porter Novelli. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University and the Federal Executive Institute, where he trains senior U.S. Government leaders on strategy and world affairs. He is a Contributing Columnist for Business Insider and is regularly interviewed by major media outlets on world events. Brett graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Masters in Global History from the London School of Economics. Brett speaks fluent Spanish and French.