Walter L. Christman
Dr. Walter L. Christman
Dr. Walter L. Christman
Chairman and CEO, Global Challenges Forum Foundation

Dr. Christman is a pioneer in the global adoption of new cooperative ventures in defense cooperation to enable enhanced regional and global security.  He is the principal architect of seven Secretary of Defense Initiatives, three of which were endorsed by a President of the United States. 

Dr. Christman is the Chairman and CEO of the Global Challenges Forum Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, an organization of think tanks, research centers, and academic institutions contributing to the much-needed resolution of existing and future global security challenges. Dr. Christman recently launched the Global Knowledge Networking Initiative in collaboration with the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to foster innovation in next-generation leadership development. 

Dr. Christman is also President of Global Strategic Analysis, LLC, a forward-thinking professional services firm headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California offering confidential analytic support and creative services to worldwide clients who seek to foster innovative solutions for a secure and sustainable world.

Dr. Christman’s thirty-year career with the US Government spanned service in the Armed Forces, the US Congress, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House, with travel to more than fifty countries, and more than ten years of service as a US diplomat in the international community of Geneva, Switzerland. 

Dr. Christman holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Geneva, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.