Dr. William J. Parker III is the Chief Operating Officer at the EastWest Institute, a global NGO focused on conflict prevention and resolution with offices in New York, Brussels, Moscow, Istanbul, San Francisco, Dallas and Washington, D.C. Dr. Parker holds a PhD from George Mason University’s Department of Molecular and Microbiology; an MPA from Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government and a BS from the United States Air Force Academy where he was a distinguished military graduate and class president. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of PARMEY Consulting (since 2007) and serves on the advisory board of ZeroQuadrant.
Parker is a retired senior U.S. naval officer who is a qualified military parachutist and Surface Warfare Officer with a long list of awards, including the Bronze Star, three Legions of Merit and Department of State Meritorious Honor award. During nearly three decades in uniform, he commanded three warships, and later, a squadron of warships. He was the 2009 recipient of the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership; and was selected to serve as the U.S. Navy’s Military Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations where he is now a life member. He also served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Surface Forces. In addition to multiple combat tours, he held the post of senior advisor and strategist with U.S. embassies in Iraq and Pakistan. An award-winning author, Dr. Parker has published over thirty articles and authored the book Guaranteeing America’s Security in the Twenty-First Century (2016) and Jihadist Strategic Communication as Practiced by Usama Bin Laden (2008). He appears in the 2016 National Resources Defense Council documentary, Sonic Sea, which premiered on the Discovery Channel. Dr. Parker is an accomplished speaker, and is a frequent guest commentator in global media on issues requiring national security and international relations expertise.