Jake Townsend is a strategic communications, public diplomacy and brand strategist, and close advisor to corporate and government leadership. With clients in both the private and public sectors, he conceives and implements strategies and programs that elevate leaders, corporations and countries. As founder and CEO of Townsend Initiatives, he leads a private consultancy with an international reach and numerous successful campaigns, launches and messaging programs, and advises clients through complex business transactions including M&A, IPO and key transitions—all conducted with absolute discretion. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of key economic sectors ranging from energy to luxury, and with governments on four continents. In addition, he teaches this discipline as professor in the School of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. He is a widely published author with fourteen books in print and regular contributions to numerous global publications. A trained diplomat, he holds a Master’s Degree in International Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Boston and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.