Daniel A. Sharp
Mr. Sharp is the founding President and CEO of the Royal Institution World Science Assembly, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Large Scale Innovation (ILSI), and was Forum Coordinator of World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Forum (July 2008 in Vienna), drawing on his 20 years of organizing and leading global conferences. He designed and directed the process that led the 480 participants from 83 countries and 15 sectors to produce 89 programs with action plans that their participant-designers actually implemented. He recruited many of the luminaries and leaders who spoke and participated. Mr. Sharp was the General Coordinator of the first conference of presidents of emerging democratic countries, held in Spain in 2001, co-led by King Juan Carlos and Mikhail Gorbachev. The 35 attending heads of state established the permanent Club of Madrid to help strengthen democracy throughout the world. Mr. Sharp continued as principal advisor to its Secretary-General, and now as Advisor and Fellow. As General Coordinator, he edited 100 background papers in three languages, trained eight former presidents as moderators in the consensus building role he designed into the process, which led to the presidents creating their own sets of recommendations and action plans. He also created and directed the process, adapting the Eisenhower American Assembly model to the unique opportunities of this head-of-government/state gathering.
For 15 years, Sharp was President and CEO of The American Assembly, a national public affairs institution at Columbia University, founded by Dwight Eisenhower. He is now its first Emeritus President. The American Assembly convenes world and national leaders on critical public policy issues using a unique Eisenhower deliberation model to identify common ground and produce policy documents and action plans written by the participants before they leave each Assembly, and to which they commit their participation in most cases. Among Track II programs designed and led by Mr. Sharp were a 5-year U.S.-China series that included meetings at the highest levels in the PRC and Taiwan and throughout the U.S. and including a mini-Assembly at the U.S. Congress, co-led with Tom DeLay at Newt Gingrich’s request, and other programs on U.S. relations with Japan, U.S. and Japan in Asia, and U.S. relations with Latin America, Africa, the EC (now EU), as well as topical projects on the global environment, global migration, and global security, among others. DeLay reported that the mini-Assembly led to incorporation of many Assembly recommendations into U.S. law and the Chinese government, after the first U.S-China Track II in Shanghai requested a second U.S.-China Assembly to assess the impacts of the first Jiang-Clinton summit, the communiqué of which drew language from the report of the Shanghai Assembly.
The Royal Institution World Science Assembly (RiSci) is a global science policy affiliate of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 14 of whose resident scientists won the Nobel Prize. RiSci focused on global pandemic preparedness, working with leading international organizations, governments, business, and non-profits, and including global experts in science and policy. RiSci pioneered alerting the world to the threat by partnering with Nature and Foreign Affairs, which did special issues and websites in cooperation with RiSci, and by convening science and policy leaders on four continents to define major gaps in global preparedness and prepare action plans to fill those gaps. Sharp consults with global companies and organizations, applying his expertise in business resilience, pandemic preparedness, and developing systems to monitor the external business environment for risks and opportunities. He has recently had extended roles with Unisys as their Worldwide Principal, Business Resilience, and with BP working on their preparedness. Sharp was also lead consultant with Emory University on pandemic preparedness planning. As a thought leader on resilience, Mr. Sharp joined several CEO’s on Capitol Hill as a speaker on the first Resilience Day, jointly sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness and the U.S. Government. He presented on business resilience and early-alert systems to the Conference Board’s Council on Business Continuity and Crisis Management. He participated in their sub-committee created to recommend to the Department of Homeland Security standards for a new law that involves the certification of companies for the adequacy of preparedness for crisis management. Mr. Sharp spent 20 years with Xerox Corporation, where he directed international activities, designed and ran external business environment assessment, negotiated with foreign governments, and advised on strategy. He consulted with other major corporations on their global strategies and issues management. He served on The Aspen Institute faculty for nearly 10 years, where he led executive seminars for corporations, NGOs, and government leaders, and was Adjunct Professor of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University. There, he taught graduate seminars on global corporate strategy. He was also a speaker at the TED conference last year.
Mr. Sharp was associate-director of the Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs (University of Chicago), where he built their program on Latin America, among other topics. He was Deputy Attorney-General of California, and is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study entitled Managing International Relations at Xerox. Sharp was U.S. Editor, European Business Journal, published a book, many chapters, and various op-ed pieces on international public policy and business issues in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The International Herald Tribune. Fortune magazine profiled Mr. Sharp as one of “25 who help the U.S. win.”
The Institute for Large Scale Innovation (ILSI), whose Advisory Board Mr. Sharp chairs, is a global NGO that is driving the agenda, and coordinating the best in innovation from around the world, for attacking the most important global challenges that require transnational and trans-sectoral collaboration (e.g., climate, poverty, water, disease). Mr. Sharp is also a member of the Advisory Board of “Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.” Karamah is an educational, charitable organization that is leading efforts to empower Muslim women through legal education, leadership development, and an enhanced understanding of Islamic law. Sharp was a member of the Conference Board’s Council on Business Continuity and Crisis Management. He is Counselor to the Board of the Institute for Innovation and Information Productivity, and member Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Pacific Council on International Policy, and Century Association (New York City).
Mr. Sharp has traveled in more than 75 countries and worked in 35 using three foreign languages. He served with the U.S. Delegation, UN ECOSOC, negotiated five international treaties for the U.S., created and directed Peace Corps staff training, and directed operations in the Andes. As one of the first employees of the Peace Corps, he helped create various programs overseas and helped direct worldwide operations during its first seven years. Sharp chaired the Advisory Board of the Council of the Americas for seven years, and served on international advisory committees at Duke University, Georgetown University, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from the University of California, and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.