Greg Behrman (SHS 1994)

Henry Kissinger Fellow at Aspen Institute

Greg Behrman is the youngest of Scarsdale High School's Distinguished Alumni.      At first blush, he seemed to direct his substantial energies toward a successful political or financial career.  He graduated magna cum laude with a certificate in Economics and a BA in politics from Princeton University.  Later, he matriculated at Oxford University, securing a Master's Degree in International Relations.  After graduating from Princeton, Behrman was employed by Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York City.

He first reached international prominence in June, 2004, with his book The Invisible People: How the U.S. Has Slept Through the Global AIDS Pandemic, The Greatest Humanitarian Catastrophe of Our Time.  The book exploded on the international scene, used by the United Nations as a sort of workbook for its efforts to combat AIDS in Africa and by the United States government, appointing Behrman to a number of commissions, including service as the coordinator for the Council of Foreign Relations Roundtable on improving U.S. Global AIDS Policy.        

The American press responded to The Invisible People favorably.  The New York Times called it "well-researched and unsparing," focusing on the reasons behind the "languishing American response" to the AIDS crisis.  Kirkus Reviews called it "a study of  the US government's failure to react meaningfully to an epidemic that is refashioning . . our world."        

Behrman found himself the subject of numerous interviews.  Here he expanded on his writings, addressing the role of AIDS in India, China, and Russia and its potential impact on the global economy.  Presently, Behrman is the Henry Kissinger Fellow for Foreign Policy at The Aspen Institute and on the Board of Directors of Heartbeat, a non-profit organization that cares for AIDS orphans.    

Money earned from sales of his book goes to that organization. He also has been featured speaker throughout the Ivy League and has had shorter works published by the International Herald Tribune and Newsweek.  He now is at work on a book on the Marshall Plan.  He also has held a world record in fly-fishing.