John Edwin Mroz is President and Chief Executive Officer of the EastWest Institute. From its roots as a European-American initiative to bridge the divisions between Europe and Eurasia, John built EWI into one of the world's pre-eminent non-governmental change-agent institutions. He has served as an advisor to more than 20 governments including the United States, Germany, Poland and the Russian Federation as well as the Commission of the European Union, NATO, the Council of Europe and the G-8. He has received numerous international awards including Germany's highest award to a non-citizen in recognition of the role he and EWI played in facilitating German reunification.
John completed his graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy after earning an M.A. from Northeastern University. His B.A. is from the University of Notre Dame. John is the author of a landmark book on the Arab-Israeli conflict, "Beyond Security: Private Perceptions Among Arabs and Israelis" (Pergamon Press, London and New York, 1980). He writes regularly in the international press on global change and international security affairs. John has also contributed to Foreign Affairs, as well as to journals and books on leadership and management including chapters in the Peter Drucker Foundation's "Organization of the Future" (Jossey-Bass, 1997) and the newly released "Leaders of the Future" (Joseph Wiley, 2006). His work as a global change agent has been described in numerous volumes including "Leaders Who Make a Difference" (Jossey-Bass, 1999).
John is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has appeared frequently on BBC, CNN, ABC and other news programs around the world. He speaks regularly before business and professional groups most recently including Institutional Investor, YPO, WPO, the Russell 20-20, the International Chamber of Commerce World Congress, the Eurasia Media Forum, the Goldman Sachs Foundation's Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program, Leaders Program, the World Futures Society and AISEC.
John is married to Karen Linehan Mroz, President of the Middle East Children's Institute (MECI). They have three children, and reside in Manhattan. His life's work to make the world a more peaceful place is a realization of a lifetime goal that crystallized as a high school freshman when his father asked his three sons "What do you want to be when you grow up?" This middle son responded "a global change agent". And the journey continues.