Elmira Bayrasli

Expert on Foreign Policy and Global Entrepreneurship

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Elmira is visiting fellow at the New America Foundation and a lecturer at New York University on Foreign Policy and Global Entrepreneurship. She is the founder of the World Policy Institute’s Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Project, which builds on the belief that entrepreneurs are a product of his or her environment and co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an incubator/media enterprise aimed to increase the number of women commenting on foreign affairs on op-ed pages and television.

Her 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.

Elmira, who is Turkish-American, has lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina where she was the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE Mission. From 1994-2000 she was presidential appointee at the State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively.

In addition to entrepreneurship, Elmira writes extensively about foreign policy with particular focus on the Middle East, and global entrepreneurs. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostForbesReuters, TechCrunch, and VentureBeat.

BASED IN: New York, USA

LANGUAGES: English, Turkish

ELMIRA IN PRINT

The Ottoman Revival is over, The New York Times, March 2014
Sorry, Americans, but sometimes democracy simply can’t bring peace, Washington Post, July 2014
Turkey’s Not-Quite President, Foreign Affairs, August 2014
The Arab World is not a Country, Forbes, January 2013

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