Bennet Waters


Bennet WatersDr. J. Bennet Waters is a Principal at The Chertoff Group, where he leads the Firm’s global Strategic Advisory Services practice.  Dr. Waters has a proven record of senior leadership in a variety of public, private and federal government settings.  At The Chertoff Group, he advises international public and private-sector organization on intelligence-driven enterprise security and risk management issues. He is a subject-matter expert in counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection and crisis management, and he specializes in developing, executing and optimizing risk-based strategies to enable business continuity and the flow of goods, commerce and people.
A founding member of The Chertoff Group, Dr. Waters served from 2005-2009 in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Counselor to the Secretary, Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, Deputy Assistant Administrator (TSA) and Chief of Staff (Office of Health Affairs). In addition to his government service, Dr. Waters spent more than fifteen years in the private sector, where he held senior strategic, financial, and operations roles in both private and publicly-traded companies.
Dr. Waters received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Davidson College; a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Law from the Boston University School of Public Health; and a Doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was a Dean’s List graduate and inducted into the MUSC Honor Society.
In addition to his role at The Chertoff Group, Dr. Waters maintains an active appointment in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina.  He is a frequent speaker and author on counterterrorism, transportation security, emergency preparedness and disaster management.