"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Bryan Miller


Bryan Miller has been making sense of financial statements for over 10 years. He’s worked at Morgan Stanley on the Options Desk, Hapoalim Securities on the Fixed Income Desk, and done financial consulting for small-and-medium sized businesses based across the globe. Whether it’s working on a trading desk, in the classroom, or in the Board room, he’s equipped management teams with the necessary tools to make sound financial decisions.

Apart from finance and accounting, Bryan has worked extensively with students, athletes, and teachers to develop stimulating language and development courses in Seoul, South Korea, at RomAltruista in Rome, Italy, and at The Door in New York City. Empowerment through education has been an important avenue Bryan wishes to open for more women, girls and boys around the world.

Bryan ultimately joined ICAAD after living on three continents, seeing first hand the gaps in educational, social and legal systems. Bryan felt joining an organization that has a global perspective, with clearly defined programmatic focuses which sets out to impact entire countries and regions, would continue opening those avenues to help empower individuals on a larger scale than he could do himself.

Bryan graduated from Pace University in New York City with a Bachelors in Finance and has taken courses towards a Master’s of Science in International Banking and Finance at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. He currently lives in New York City.

Bryan served as Treasurer on ICAAD’s Board of Directors from 2014-2016.


This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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