Global Policy Group
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About GPG/Principals

About GPG

Global Policy Group®

Global Policy Group [GPG] is a consulting firm based in Washington, DC, that has been assisting corporate clients on U.S. public policy and government relations since its founding in 1995.  GPG’s clients include senior executives at large corporations headquartered in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  GPG clients come from a diverse range of business sectors, though GPG has a particularly strong history of working with firms in the energy, motor vehicle, automotive component, and information technology sectors.  GPG clients also include financial services firms, general manufacturing firms, and trading companies.  In addition to companies based in the United States, GPG has extensive experience partnering with executives at foreign firms and their U.S. subsidiaries, most notably with companies based in  Japan and Europe.  GPG also works with several leading international business associations and research institutions.




Douglas J. Bergner

Douglas J. Bergner, president of Global Policy Group, consults with corporate clients on U.S. economic, trade, and financial policies; energy and environmental issues, Washington legislative and regulatory issues; U.S. relations with Europe and Asia; and business-government relations.  Mr. Bergner was a co-founder of Global Policy Group in 1995.

Mr. Bergner was previously Director of Policy Programs with SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute), where he was responsible for a research and consulting practice covering U.S. government policy for large international corporate clients.  Prior to that, he worked for six years at the Public Affairs Council, a Washington-based industry association, where he was in charge of international public affairs and Washington government relations programs.  Earlier positions included administering State Department-funded international political exchanges and research work at the Atlantic Council of the United States.  

Mr. Bergner holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (including one year of study in Bologna, Italy) and a B.A. in Government and International Relations from Carleton College.  He has also studied at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and has done graduate study at the University of Bonn, Germany.  Mr. Bergner lived in Europe for nearly four years (two in Germany), and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and East Asia.  He speaks German (moderate fluency) and Italian (basic).



Chief Executive

Ian C. Graig

Ian C. Graig, chief executive of Global Policy Group, consults with international business clients on: environmental, climate, and energy policy; automotive industry regulation; fiscal and technology policy; international trade and investment; and health and retirement policy.  Dr. Graig was a co-founder of Global Policy Group in 1995.

Dr. Graig previously was Program Manager and Senior Policy Analyst at SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute), where he worked on single-client and multi-client corporate consulting projects on a wide variety of public policy issues.  He had earlier been a key member of the policy/legislative group of Tanaka Ritger & Middleton, a Washington international trade law firm, providing services to clients in the automotive, electronics, and other sectors.  Dr. Graig also worked as a United Nations observer for the United Presbyterian Church's Office of International Affairs in New York, and in the Carter-Mondale presidential campaign's national press office in Washington.

Dr. Graig holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, where he also worked at the Miller Center and as a teaching assistant for classes in foreign affairs and comparative government.  He also has a B.A. in Government from Hamilton College, and has done graduate work at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  He writes regularly for AutomotiveWorld, Automotive Megatrends Magazine, and other industry and academic publications.


Recent publications

  • “Political Scientists: The Atomic Scientists and the Emergence of a Politically Engaged Scientific Community” in Michael Mays, ed., Legacies of the Manhattan Project: Reflections on 75 Years in a Nuclear World (forthcoming)

  • “Three key policy issues affecting the auto industry in 2019,” AutomotiveWorld (forthcoming)

  • "How U.S. public policy can shape vehicle powertrain strategies," AutomotiveWorld, March 15, 2018

  • "A year unlike any other: Trump Year One and the auto industry," AutomotiveWorld Monthly, March 2018

  • "Business to remain engaged, even without Trump's Advisory Councils," AutomotiveWorld Monthly, September 2017

  • “Defining moment as regulators question ‘driver’ of self-driving cars,” Automotive Megatrends Magazine, September (Q3) 2016

  • “Tech and policy face off in the auto industry of the future,” Automotive Megatrends Magazine, June (Q2) 2016

  • “Business-Government Collaboration in Rulemaking: Regulating Carbon Emissions from Motor Vehicles” in Daniel E. Bromberg, ed., Problem Solving with the Private Sector: A Public Solutions Handbook (Routledge, 2016)

  • “The automotive world in 2016 as seen from Washington,” AutomotiveWorld, December 31, 2015

  • “Regulating safety in a semi-autonomous world: The U.S. AEB agreement,” The Manufacturing Issue (Automotive Megatrends Magazine), December (Q4) 2015

  • “TPP faces an uncertain fate in Washington,” AutomotiveWorld, October 27, 2015