Press release

Dr. Mark T. Esper Joins GLOBSEC International Advisory Council


Bratislava, 31 October 2023: GLOBSEC is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark T. Esper, 27th U.S. Secretary of Defense, has joined the GLOBSEC International Advisory Council (IAC). With a distinguished career spanning the public and private sectors, Dr. Esper brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Council, further strengthening GLOBSEC's mission to promote global security and stability. 

Dr. Mark T. Esper served as Secretary of Defense from 2019-2020, and as Secretary of the Army from 2017-2019. A distinguished graduate of West Point, he spent twenty-one years in uniform, including a combat tour in the Gulf War.  Esper earned a Ph.D. from George Washington University while working on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon as a political appointee, and as a commissioner on the U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission.  He was also a senior executive at a prestigious think tank, business associations, and Fortune 100 technology company.  Dr. Esper is the recipient of multiple civilian and military awards, currently sits on several public policy and business boards, and is a partner in the Red Cell Partners venture capital firm.

As a member of the GLOBSEC IAC, Dr. Esper will draw upon his extensive knowledge of national security and defence to provide strategic guidance on pressing global security issues. His insights will be instrumental in furthering GLOBSEC's mission to foster dialogue and innovative solutions on matters of international significance.

"We are thrilled to welcome Secretary Esper to the GLOBSEC International Advisory Council," stated Robert Vass, GLOBSEC President and Founder. "His exceptional experience in both military and policy spheres will be invaluable in shaping GLOBSEC's initiatives as we work toward a safer and more secure world."

GLOBSEC is a global think-tank based in Bratislava committed to enhancing security, prosperity, and sustainability in Europe and throughout the world. It is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organisation. With its presence in Bratislava, Brussels, Kyiv, Vienna, and Washington, GLOBSEC's mission is to influence the future by generating new ideas and solutions for a better and safer world. To this goal contributes the annual GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum, one of the leading global security conferences. GLOBSEC also organises the annual GLOBSEC Tatra Summit, a conference that provides the opportunity for experts to have fruitful political discussions on the future of Europe.

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