Alistair Millar is the Howard S. Brembeck Fellow of the Global Center, which he founded in 2004. He is also President of the Fourth Freedom Forum and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. From 2007 to 2013, he taught graduate-level courses on international security and foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award for Advanced Academic Programs. He has held lecturing posts at the University of Maryland and conducted trainings on countering violent extremism at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Diplomatic Academy and for the European Union in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He has written numerous chapters, articles, and reports on international security, human rights, and the rule of law, as well as on the nexus between security and development. He is the coauthor, with Eric Rosand, of Allied Against Terrorism: What’s Needed to Strengthen Worldwide Commitment (2006). He holds a BA cum laude from San Francisco State University, an MA from Leeds University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods with distinction from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. Chair
Michael Bergsman is an independent government relations expert who spent more than 20 years working on trade, tax, and investment policy issues. He was Managing Editor of Inside U.S. Trade, covering major trade policy issues, including global negotiations, U.S. bilateral relations, and U.S. legislation. He was also Director of Government Relations at the European-American Business Council, lobbying on behalf of major corporations. In 2001, he was named Director of Government Relations at Rolls-Royce North America, where he was primarily responsible for all nondefense government affairs issues. While continuing to act as the company’s government affairs director, he formed his own government relations consultancy in 2007. Vice Chair
Pat Pinnick is Treasurer for the Fourth Freedom Forum. He is a certified public accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Secretary and Treasurer
Rachel Briggs is the Executive Director of Hostage US, a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that U.S. hostages and their families get the support and guidance they need to survive the challenge of a kidnapping. She has been a writer and policy analyst working on preventing and countering violent extremism and other national security issues with governments and the private sector around the world. She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen in 2014 in recognition for her services to hostage families and kidnapping victims overseas. She is an advisory committee member for an initiative of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society to counter youth-oriented hate speech online, an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and a member of the Risk and Security Management Forum. She was a member of the Advisory Council of Wilton Park, an executive agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, from 2006 to 2015 and co-chair of the European Commission’s working group on the role of the internet and social media in tackling radicalization from 2012 to 2014.