Steve Else, Ph.D.

Teaches at EA Principals, Inc.

As one of the world’s foremost innovators, practitioners/consultants, lecturers, educators and trainers serving the Enterprise Architecture (EA) industry, Dr. Steve Else has been a sought-after authority within the global business transformation community for nearly two decades.

 As Founder and CEO of EA Principals, Inc. (EAP), Dr. Else is among the globe’s top TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) trainers, having worked with thousands of professionals to help them learn and practice EA. He is also author of the book Organization Theory and Transformation of Large, Complex Organizations.

In addition to leading EAP, he established and leads the Enterprise and Solution Architecture International Institute (ESAII) ( under the Center for Public-Private Enterprise (CPPE) (, which he founded in 1998. ESAII expands his global professional outreach and allows other experts to mentor students on complex, innovative enterprise solutions approaches, going well beyond the enterprise architecture aspects of value delivery.

Offering a wealth of practical and academic experience to his EA, Open FAIR, TOGAF 9, and ArchiMate 2 Certification Training, (certified in the latter three, with individual training of 4,000+ professionals), Dr.Else is also a Certified Enterprise and Solutions Architect (BCS Professional Certifications), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an FEAC Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA).

His clients have included the United Nations; national governments in the U.S., U.A.E., Oman, and Portugal; and U.S. State governments in Pennsylvania, California, Colorado and Virginia; as well as such top tier corporations such as GE, HP, Oracle, IBM, American Express, Pfizer, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, BB&T, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Cap Gemini, Cisco, Harley-Davidson, MasterCard, Nokia, Siemens, Boeing, Fannie Mae, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Else is committed to helping cross-pollinate best business and technology practices as well as innovation throughout the government and between government and private sector entities. As part of his work at CPPE, he founded and is Executive Editor for The Government Transformation Journal ( and founded and served as first Executive Editor of The EA Zone Journal.

He has also served in key EA consulting/practitioner roles, including BAE Systems, CSC, Dynamics Research Corp. and Synectics for Management Decisions in the private sector; as well as the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health & Human Services in the public sector.

Teaching Enterprise Architecture, Business Intelligence, Information Systems Engineering Management, and Systems Engineering at the graduate level, especially at the University of Denver, University College (where he has taught over 30 courses in EA) is a way that Dr. Else continues to contribute his expertise and insights. He has taught Systems Analysis and Design, Technology Forecasting and Assessments, Knowledge Management, and Project and Change Management of several years.

As a passionate participant in the EA, IT, and Systems Engineering professional communities, Dr. Else is Founder and Chair of the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Association of Enterprise Architects, Executive Editor of the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal (, Associate Editor of the Journal of Enterprise Architecture, and Assistant Director of Knowledge for the Technical Operations Board of the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Dr. Else is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot. Highlights of his career include serving as an Assistant Air Attaché in Paris, where he won a special medal for his work in the first Iraq War; receiving a high medal from the French and Brazilian governments; serving as an Air Force Liaison Officer in Germany; and his final Air Force assignment at the Pentagon, where he was Program Architect for Air Force business transformation, working in the Office of the Chief of Staff. Dr. Else piloted numerous aircraft (having begun flying at the age of 16 and becoming an instructor pilot at 19). He also holds an Airline Transport Rating in the Lear Jet and Boeing 717. As a pilot, he was an integral part of the mission that attempted to free the U.S. hostages held in Iran in 1979.

Dr. Else is married and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.