Senior Advisors

Nat J. Colletta, Ph.D.

Dr. Nat J. Colletta is an internationally known expert on conflict, peace building and development; and prolific author on conflict resolution. Dr. Colletta served as founding manager of the World Bank’s Post-Conflict Unit, and he played a key role in pioneering and managing the World Bank’s policy toward assistance in war-to-peace transitions.

Dr. Colletta’s work includes policy analysis, strategic planning, program design, implementation, and evaluation. His focus is on conflict management and post-conflict reconstruction, peace building, security and development. He currently advises several international agencies, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF. In addition, Dr. Colletta consults to national governments, including Indonesia and the Philippines, on issues related to conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction.

Dr. Colletta has served as Visiting Professor of International Relations at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and also teaches at New College, the Honors College of the University of Florida. Dr. Colletta also serves as member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Multi-Track Diplomacy, and is a Fellow of the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

In 2007, he received a $20,000 grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation to establish a peer-mediation conflict resolution support program at Venice H.S., through collaboration between New College students and the Institute of Multi-Track Diplomacy.

Among his books are: Privatizing Peace: From Conflict to Security (2002); Social Cohesion and Conflict Prevention in Asia: Managing Diversity through Development (2001); Violent Conflict and the Transformation of Social Capital: Lessons from Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Somalia (2000); and War to Peace Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa (1996).

Everett M. Ehrlich, Ph.D.

Dr. Everett M. Ehrlich is one of the nation’s leading business economists. He is President of ESC Company, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that combines economic analysis, business development, and communications skills to solve a wide range of business problems. ESC’s diverse clientele have included leading firms in the financial, accounting, pharmaceutical, automotive, and other industries, and such diverse organizations as the Pew Center for Global Climate Change and the Major League Baseball Players Association. He also served as Executive Director of the CSIS Commission on Public Infrastructure under co-chairmen Felix Rohatyn and Warren Rudman. A bipartisan bill to enact their recommendations was introduced in the 110th Congress.

Dr. Ehrlich served in the Clinton Administration as Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, the principal economic policy official for Commerce Secretaries Brown and Kantor and chief executive of the nation’s statistical system. As such, he led the first comprehensive strategic review of the nation’s economic statistics in four decades, leading to a major modernization of featured measures of the economy. In addition, he supervised the redesign of the 2000 decennial census. He co-chaired the White House working group on the restructuring of the U.S. economy in the face of information technology, was a leader in the U.S.’s planning effort of the two G-7 Jobs Summits, and oversaw the Administration’s economic analysis of global climate change.

Prior to his service as Under Secretary, Dr. Ehrlich was Vice-President for Economic and Financial Planning, and for Strategic Planning, of Unisys Corporation, where he had responsibilities concerning corporate development and finance, formulating business strategy, and economic forecasting. He has also served as Senior Vice-President and research director of the business-based think tank, the Committee for Economic Development.

Dr. Ehrlich earlier served as Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office, where he directed the CBO program in trade and technology, infrastructure and space transportation, energy and the environment, and agriculture.

Dr. Ehrlich is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Big Government (1998), and Grant Speaks (2000. For eight years he was a regular economics commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and his writings have appeared in The Financial Times, Investors Business Daily, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The International Economy, and other publications.

Robert Rosen, Ph.D.

Robert Rosen, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized psychologist, author, researcher and business adviser to world-class companies. He is the founder and CEO of Healthy Companies International, a Washington, DC-based research, education and consulting firm specializing in helping CEOs and executive achieve best-in-class business performance.

Experienced in understanding both people and business, Dr. Rosen teaches corporate leaders how to recognize obstacles and leverage the opportunities of the new global economy. For over twenty years he has advised and studied top executives, working in all three sectors of the economy  business, government and non-profit. Dr. Rosen has interviewed hundreds of CEOs around the world, and each year speaks to thousands of executives worldwide. His work has appears regularly the print and broadcast media in the U.S. and internationally, including the Financial Times, The New York Times, Business Week, ABC News, Fortune, and the Washington Post.

In 1991, Dr. Rosen was awarded a six year multi-million dollar grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study leadership and healthy organizations. He has worked with organizations in 30 countries, including Merck, Motorola, ING Groep NV, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, Beyer, Citibank, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. State Department, the IMF, Booz Allen Hamilton, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

His most recent book, Just Enough Anxiety: The Hidden Driver of Business Success (2008), challenges readers to redefine their relationship with change and uncertainty and follow the example of the world’s best leaders who are using anxiety as a positive force for change. It was described by Warren Bennis as, Without any risk of exaggeration: Just Enough Anxiety is one of the most important, useful and timely books for the first decade of this century. Not just for the business reader. For everyone! In collaboration with the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Dr. Rosen interviewed 50 exceptional growth leaders from such companies as Corning, Proctor & Gamble, Best Buy, Hewlett-Packard and other widely recognized industry leaders. The results were presented in a 2009 book, The Catalyst.

Dr. Rosen’s other books include Global Literacies: Lessons on Business Leadership and National Cultures (2000), chosen as one of Fortune’s “Best Business Books;¬†Leading People: Transforming Business from the Inside Out (1996), cited by The Wall Street Journal as one of the most recommended books in its field; and The Healthy Company: Eight Strategies to Develop People, Productivity, and Profits (1991), cited by Warren Bennis as “one of the most important management books of the decade.”

Dr. Rosen has served on the faculty of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine since 1984. He is also a Batten Institute Fellow at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia; and Senior Faculty at Duke Corporate Education.

Lise Van Susteren, M.D.

Dr. Lise Van Susteren is a nationally known forensic psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC, and an environmental activist. In September 2006, Dr. Van Susteren was chosen as one of the first 50 persons to be trained by Al Gore to give her version of his global warming slide show, “An Inconvenient Truth.” She subsequently returned to The Climate Project several times to help Gore train 1,000 presenters. In 2007 she was named Eastern Regional Director of The Climate Project and was elected to its Board of Directors in 2009.

Dr. Van Susteren has presented her global warming slide shows to over 100 educational, religious, political, labor, medical and environmental groups in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, nationally, and abroad. In 2008 she developed an additional slide show focused on the health effects of global warming. She has also given presentations on Climate Change in the Chesapeake Bay; conducted seminars on what women can do to preserve the environment; and in 2009 organized a national conference on Psychological Aspects of Global Warming, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.

Dr. Van Susteren’s additional professional activities include frequent radio and television appearances regarding such topics as child protection, violence, depression and post-traumatic stress from terrorism attacks and from environmental disasters. In addition, she has conducted assessments of world leaders as a consultant to the CIA. With Physicians for Human Rights she has evaluated victims of torture seeking asylum in the U.S. and has advocated on their behalf. She serves as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and has worked to educate the public on mental health issues through writing in professional journals and the popular press.

Dr. Van Susteren serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. In addition, she is a member of the working group of the Maryland Commission on Climate; and was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to the Board of Trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Trust and to the Working Groups on Transportation and Energy of the Maryland Commission on Climate. In 2009, she was appointed to the Climate Energy and Environmental Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in Washington, DC.