Elmira Bayrasli & Buke Cuhadar
A Dialogue on Global Entrepreneurship under COVID-19
April 30, 2020 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Elmira Bayrasli is the Director of Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs Program. She co-founded Foreign Policy Interrupted and is the host of Project Syndicate’s podcast, Opinion Has It. She is the author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, a book that looks at the rise of entrepreneurship globally. Elmira 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 U.S. State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively. Elmira is a regular contributor on global entrepreneurship for Techcrunch. She also provides analysis on foreign policy, particularly on Turkey. Her work has appeared in Reuters, Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, Quartz, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Elmira sits on several boards, including Invest2Innovate, Turkish Women’s International Network, and Our Secure Future.
Buke Cuhadar serves as Vice President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), a year-round platform of programs and initiatives created by the communities that celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) each November. Aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem, GEN helps people in 170+ countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures. Buke has primary responsibility for coordinating the leaders of national networks in each of those countries while strengthening the collection of organizations that support them.
Prior to joining Global Entrepreneurship Network, Buke was the Marcom and Outreach Director at Endeavor Turkey, an affiliate of a global organization to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. While at Endeavor Turkey, Buke led the GEW Turkey campaign building a successful initiative and Board engaging more than 200 players across the entrepreneurship spectrum in Turkey.
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