Passionate about foreign affairs, entrepreneurship, and writing, I have spent the past two decades working on foreign policy, international development, and with startups worldwide. Today, I do both as a writer, speaker, consultant, lecturer, and co-founder.
In 2013, I co-founded Foreign Policy Interrupted, an education and media startup dedicated to increasing female foreign policy voices in the written and electronic press.
I am also a visiting fellow at the New America Foundation, and a lecturer at New York University. My book, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places will be released on September 8, 2015 (published by Public Affairs). It is a book that looks at the growth of innovation beyond Silicon Valley, focusing on talented individuals around the world who have overcome insurmountable obstacles to lead high-growth businesses.
In 2002, I left a cushy job in New York’s private sector for Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. There, I served as the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE Mission. From 1994-2000 I was presidential appointee at the State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively.
And I write! From 2011-2013, I wrote about global innovations and entrepreneurship in a weekly column entitled, Entreventures, on Forbes.com. I have also contributed to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Foreign Affairs, VentureBeat, The Huffington Post, and MIT’s Innovations Journal. In 2010, I co-authored a study for Pakistan’s Planning Commission on entrepreneurship, entitled: “Creating a Place for the Future.”
Proudly from Brooklyn, pre-hipsters, I love yoga, Turkish simit, and the New York Mets.