Senior Associates

Bruce M. Lawlor

Major General (Ret.) Bruce Lawlor is an independent consultant in national security and homeland security matters. He is the former Senior Director for Protection and Prevention, White House Homeland Security Council, the first Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a member of the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), and the first Commanding General, Department of Defense Joint Task Force-Civil Support.  MG Lawlor has been a professor at Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs, a distinguished service professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, and the U.S. Army War College.  He is one of five senior White House staffers who wrote the plan to create the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  He has extensive experience in homeland security and national security strategic policy formulation, operational planning, and tactical execution.   

Major General Lawlor is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Panel Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to facilitate solutions in conflict areas around the world, and a senior advisor to the Tungsten Network.  He has a doctor of science degree in engineering management, a juris doctor degree, and a masters degree in national security studies.  He is a Harvard National Security Fellow and has taught at the U.S. Army War College.  He is an inactive member of the Vermont, Massachusetts and Florida Bar Associations.    

Sibel Sezer

Sibel Sezer is a visionary leader in multidisciplinary not-for-profit international organizations, She has set-up, shaped, and expanded two national offices of international organizations (UNDP, REC) over the past two decades; both of which have done pioneering work in the area of sustainable development. She has pioneered the establishment of numerous program and committees on climate change and sustainable development in Turkey as well as built numerous teams, strengthened and motivated them to ensure effective teamwork and productive work environments. Ms. Sezer is accomplished in fund‐raising, advocacy and lobbying; she has generated over 15 million euros for the not-for-profit environmental sector in Turkey. She has extensive experience in international negotiations, contributed in shaping major development instruments and agreements, both at national and international levels.

Sibel Sezer holds a BA in Economics from the Columbia University, New York, an MBA in Business Administration from Bilkent University, Ankara, and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Bosphorus University, Istanbul. She currently teaches a graduate level course on Sustainable Development at Kadir Has University. She is a board member of the Turkish Marine Research Foundation since 2012. She was regional director for the Black Sea for the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe between 2004 and 2014. In addition, Sezer was director of the National Program on Environment and Development, UNDP in Ankara from 2001 to 2004. She worked as a lecturer at Middle East Technical University, Bilgi University, and Okan University. She has also worked as an environmental economist between 1996 and 2000 and as an assistant to the Habitat II Coordinator between 1994 and 1996.