Reed Werner is a second-year student at Columbia Business School and an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Before coming to Columbia, Reed served for five years in the U.S. government, helping to develop and implement strategies addressing a wide array of Middle East and counterterrorism issues. In 2004, under the auspices of the Coalition Provisional Authority, he served as deputy governorate coordinator in Qadisiyah, a province in the Middle Euphrates Region of Iraq, where he worked with a team of diplomats and foreign militaries to install a representative provincial government. From 2005 to 2006 Reed was a member of the National Security Council staff at the White House, where he served as executive aide to the president’s senior adviser for Middle East, UN and human rights policies. He departed the White House in mid-2006 to return to Iraq as deputy director of the Office of Joint Strategic Plans at the U.S. Embassy. In this role, he advised diplomatic and military leadership on the political reconciliation process and on Iran-related issues.