Tuesday, August 30, 2016
As Governments grapple with a broad array of challenges and opportunities, they can learn much from shared experience at a national and multinational level.

Public sector leaders in many countries can benefit from adapting effective practices in how to manage programs effectively in an increasingly complex and interdependent world, how to provide for security given a broad range of global threats, and how to integrate defense and civilian capabilities to protect and serve citizens while also respecting privacy and civil liberties.  In recent months, the IBM Center for The Business of Government has begun to expand our focus to the broader global community, working with government leaders and stakeholders who seek dialogue, study, and practical advice about how to build programs that address these key challenge areas. 

To further our capacity in reaching across borders, the Center is also building our own expertise in addressing major global trends.  In that context, we have the honor of announcing that Dr. Jeffrey Talley – recently retired as Commanding General for the US Army Reserves, will serve as a Global Fellow with the Center.  Dr. Talley will provide thought leadership on a broad range of topics of interest to public sector leaders, with a special focus on global security issues and strategies reducing risk and increasing opportunity through improved government performance.  He will provide perspectives periodically as part of the Center’s blog, and he will contribute to activities that support governments as they address major priorities. 

Dr. Talley has over 34 years of global experiences in the public, private, & academic sectors, coupled with periods of active/reserve military service as a Citizen-Soldier. He is a nationally recognized expert in Civil, Environmental, & Sustainable Engineering. In 2016, he retired from military service and was appointed an Advanced Leadership Fellow and Cabot House Scholar-in-residence at Harvard University.  Prior to his Harvard appointment, Dr. Talley served as Lt. General and Chief of the Army Reserve & Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, an organization whose size and scope rank it as a Fortune 50 company.

Dr. Talley received his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his Executive M.B.A. from the University of Oxford, England. He also holds master degrees in engineering, strategic studies, and liberal arts. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), and a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE).

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Talley to the Center.  We look forward to his work in helping governments across the globe.