Robert D. Lamb, Ph.D.

Leader, Collaborator, and Strategic Adviser

Bob is a strategist, policy adviser, public speaker, and collaborator with a twenty-year record of studying the hidden knowledge that affects strategic-level success in organizations and societies, from social dynamics in war zones to intangible factors in business relationships.

With more than 50 publication credits and 100 speaking engagements in more than 20 countries, Dr. Lamb is currently a visiting research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, where he works to improve U.S. and international policy in fragile and conflict environments. In late 2016, he formed a nonprofit impact incubator addressing social conflict, the Foundation for Inclusion.

He is also a nonresident scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM) and is an adviser to Cornerstone Capital Group, a sustainable investment firm in New York.

In his policy and consulting work, Dr. Lamb focuses on strategic positioning, analysis of intangibles, and policy effectiveness; has developed new approaches to assessing stakeholder relations in global banking, risks of instability in post-conflict environments, dynamics of legitimacy in war zones, and the quality of governance in non-governmental institutions; and has advised on the effectiveness of civilian assistance, commercial development, and stabilization programs in complex environments.

He earned a Ph.D. in policy studies from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in an interdisciplinary program combining economics, security, and ethics. After receiving a B.A. from Gettysburg College, he evaluated development projects in Nicaragua, covered business and finance as a technology journalist, and won a 2001 National Press Club award for his pioneering work on the consumer experience of Internet commerce before changing careers after 9/11. He lives just outside of Washington, DC, with his wife and two daughters.