Brett Bruen


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

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 theory, 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 their misinformation machine. He also built the President’s Spark Global Entrepreneurship initiative that has raised billions for emerging entrepreneurs around the world. 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 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 contributor to the Hill newspaper and is regularly interviewed by major international media outlets on world events. Brett graduated 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.