R.P. is the Chairman of Ergo. Previously, he served at the White House National Security Council and as a senior US diplomat. He was Chief of Staff to US Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke, Senior Adviser to Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson, and Senior Policy Officer to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, where he served as an architect of the Global Fund to Prevent AIDS, TB, and Malaria. R.P. was a Managing Director at the Gerson Lehrman Group and a Team Leader at the Monitor Group. The World Economic Forum honored him as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow.” He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was an associate at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. R.P. is co-author, with Richard Clarke, of the best-selling and award winning, “Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes.” R.P. has a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from Brown University.
Matthew serves as COO and manages Ergo’s Asia work. Previously he worked for Gerson Lehrman Group, the U.S. State Department, the UN, and a range of academic and policy-oriented organizations. Matthew holds degrees from the U of Texas, Hawaii, and Columbia, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has published papers on a variety of topics, ranging from strategies to improve U.S. public diplomacy to the political and social impact of economic development in China. He serves on the board of the Defense Language Institute Foundation and speaks Mandarin.
Evan manages many of Ergo’s complex projects and oversees our work on Africa. He also leads our media, marketing, and communications initiatives. Previously he was a Senior Research Manager at Gerson Lehrman Group and a journalist at CNN, where he was part of a team which received an Emmy award for coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the NationSwell Council, and a Truman National Security Fellow. Evan has degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was the John H. Hedges Fellow in Public Diplomacy, and Haverford College.
Kate oversees projects on a variety of topics and geographies, manages ongoing client relationships, and leads recruitment and training. She previously worked at the CIA and for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she was responsible for monitoring open-source reporting on counterterrorism threats across South Asia. She holds degrees King’s College London and New York University.
Ned leads projects focused on a range of complex topics, including monetary policy, natural resources and political risk, pharmaceutical regulation, and information technology. He previously held various positions in management consulting, media, and law. Ned holds degrees from Yale University and Columbia University, where he was an International Fellow.
Rafael Bardají served as National Security Advisor to Spain’s former prime minister José María Aznar from 1996-2004. He also served as Executive Advisor to Ministers of Defense Eduardo Serra and Federico Trillo. Bardají was the founder and Director of the Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos (GEES) and later the Director of Foreign Policy at FAES, both global affairs think tanks in Madrid. He is a member of the strategic advisory board of NATO Special Operations Forces Command and the Atlantic Council. He is currently the CEO of World Wide Strategy, a Miami-based consultancy.
Richard A. Clarke
Richard Clarke served three U.S. presidents as a senior White House Advisor. Over the course of 11 years of White House service, he held the titles of Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs; National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism; and Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security. He currently heads Good Harbor Consulting, a global provider of strategic safety, security, and risk management consulting services. He is co-author, with R.P. Eddy, of the best-seller, “Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes.”
David Cohen was the Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence of the New York Police Department from 2002-2013. The first person to hold the position, he designed and implemented programs that are widely credited with protecting New York City from terrorist attack after 9/11. He is also a 35-year veteran of the CIA, where he served at the highest levels of both the Directorate of Intelligence and Operations.
Sir Richard Dearlove
Sir Richard Dearlove OBE KCMG is a former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6). During his 38-year tenure with MI6, he served in multiple international locations before managing the Washington, D.C., office and later serving as Director of Operations and Assistant Chief. He is a member of the international advisory board of AIG, chairman of Ascot Underwriting, chairman of trustees of the Cambridge Union Society, and is currently the Master of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.
Steven Drobny is the Founder and CEO of Drobny Capital, an independent investment advisory, asset management, and consulting firm focused on global macro and commodity hedge fund strategies. He is the author of three critically acclaimed books: “Inside the House of Money,” “The Invisible Hands,” and “The New House of Money.” Drobny is a recognized leader in the macro and commodity investment community and is an active advisor to hedge fund managers as well as a regular voice in the financial press and media. Previously he has worked for Deutsche Bank’s Hedge Fund Group in London, Singapore, and Zurich, and holds degrees from London School of Economics and Bucknell University.
Todd Egeland was an Ergo Managing Partner from 2008 until his retirement in 2018. Todd retired in 2008 from the CIA, where he held a number of senior positions, culminating with his appointment as the Agency's first Chief Strategy Officer. Prior assignments included Director of Transnational Issues, Chief of Cyber Threat Analysis, and Chief of Counterintelligence Assessments. His expertise is in illicit finance, political risk, global energy and agriculture issues, strategic planning, and analytic methods.
Mark Fuller was the founding Chairman and CEO of Monitor Group and is currently the Chairman and CEO of Rosc Global and Rosc Global Investments. A renowned business and management thinker, he is considered an innovator in the field of strategy consulting, having built Monitor into one of the world’s premier consulting firms. He previously was a professor at Harvard Business School and has authored more than 200 books, articles, and case studies on business strategy.
Neal Goldman was Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Capital IQ until its sale to the Standard & Poor's division of McGraw-Hill in 2004. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Relationship Science (RelSci), an innovative networking tool that the New York Times says “could radically change the way Wall Street does business.” Goldman was previously an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. He is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2007 was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Brian O’Neill is Vice Chairman of Lazard International. He was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury until January 2009. He was previously the Chairman of Investment Banking for Canada and Latin America at JP Morgan Chase. He is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Erste Bank in Vienna, a director of the Council of the Americas, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Amb. Frank Wisner
Frank Wisner served as U.S. ambassador to India, the Philippines, Egypt, and Zambia in a decorated diplomatic career that spanned four decades. He also served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs. He traveled to Egypt in January 2011 at the request of President Obama to help negotiate a resolution to the political crisis. Wisner served as Vice Chairman of External Affairs for AIG and is currently Foreign Affairs Advisor at Patton Boggs LLP.
Alan Batkin was Vice Chairman of Eton Park Capital Management, a large multidisciplinary investment firm, and Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, a geopolitical consulting firm led by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. He is currently the Chairman of Converse Associates, a strategic consulting firm. From 1972 to 1990, Batkin was an investment banker and Managing Director at Lehman Brothers. He is a Trustee and Executive Committee member of the Brookings Institution and Chairman Emeritus of the International Rescue Committee.
Juan Cruz was Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the White House National Security Council from 2017-18, a role in which he served as Pres. Trump's top advisor on Latin America issues. He was instrumental in defining the administration’s approach to the Venezuela crisis and to Cuba policy. Prior to joining the White House, Cruz served for 30 years as a senior US government official in a variety of overseas postings, including Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and Colombia, where had historic successes against drug cartels and guerrilla insurgencies.
H. R. McMaster
H. R. McMaster was the 26th White House National Security Advisor, a position he held from 2017-18. He served as a commissioned officer in the US Army for 34 years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018. During his military career, McMaster was decorated for his actions and roles in the First Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was named to Time’s list of the world’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014 and was lauded as “the 21st century Army’s pre-eminent warrior-thinker,” and to Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders list in 2017.
Nadia Schadlow served as White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy in 2017-18 and was the primary author of the 2017 National Security Strategy. Prior to joining the NSC, she was a senior program officer in the International Security and Foreign Policy Program of the Smith Richardson Foundation, where she helped identify strategic issues which warrant further attention from the US policy community. She served on the Defense Policy Board from September 2006 to June 2009 and is a full member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins.
Clete Willems was the Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs from 2018-19. He was the lead US negotiator at multilateral summits, serving as the President’s Sherpa at the G-7 and G-20 Summits and the lead negotiator at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2018. He was also deeply involved with trade negotiations with China, the EU, Japan, Korea, Canada, and Mexico. Willems was instrumental in the achievement of key legislative victories, including the passage of development finance reform legislation and CFIUS reform legislation.