Four-star Admiral James Stavridis, retired, received numerous U.S and international medals and decorations while serving for 37 years in the U.S. Navy. The international security expert is currently vice chair, global affairs and managing director of The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm. He chairs The Rockefeller Foundation board.
A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, he also earned a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and was the school’s 12th dean. He served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense.
Among his commands, he served from 2009-2013 as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, overseeing operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and the Balkans. He also led the U.S. Southern Command, responsible for military operations through Latin America from 2006-2009. He has published 12 books on leadership, the oceans and maritime affairs. His most recent book, “2034: A Novel of the Next World War” in 2021, was a New York Times bestseller.