Writing + Speaking

Selected Writing

The bulk of my writing since 2015 has been for clients, such as monographs, reports, and a bit of ghostwriting, on topics such as ICT strategies used by violent extremist groups, CVE methodologies, and ethics around open source intelligence.

Current effort: a forthcoming book (estimated publication date: winter 2017/ spring 2018) on the role technology plays in the construction and destruction of identities, with an emphasis on national identities, and how that will evolve into a city-centric identity.

My writings and expertise have been published by the following:

  • Group Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA)
  • CGAP, the World Bank
  • DAI Global Insights
  • Mastercard Foundation
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Responsible Data Forum
  • Global Business School Network
  • African Development Bank
  • Vodafone Institut
  • The Guardian
  • Women 2.0
Speaking Engagements:

I’m pretty selective about speaking engagements, but typically I try to do 4-6 per year, depending on work load, sensitivity of the work, and schedules. I’m a firm believer in sharing and collaborating with basically everyone, regardless whether they are “in” or out of the industry. Cross-pollination creativity.

2016 Schedule:

  • Nordic Council of Ministers, Safe Cities (my business partner presented Omelas as his keynote). Stockholm, Sweden
  • Techne Summit (Keynote: why you shouldn’t be the next Silicon Valley + panel on women in technology in the MENA region). Alexandria, Egypt
  • Oslo Freedom Forum (Tech Lab: satellites and mesh networks in conflict zones). Oslo, Norway.
  • Prague Entrepreneurs Meetup (Keynote: entrepreneurship and politics/policy in developing nations). Prague, Czech Republic.
  • University of Chicago Institute of Politics (Presentation: why developing nations need mobile phones). Chicago, IL.

In the past, I have spoken at numerous pitch day competitions and angel investment forums, such as the World Economic Forum- Middle East in Jordan, MENA Angel Investment Forum in Bahrain, and Plug and Play Expo in Silicon Valley. I have also spoken at the following:

  • Harvard Kennedy School/ MIT Sloan Social Enterprise Conference. (Panel: Power of mobile technology in developing nations). Boston, MA.
  • MIT Sloan (Presentation: starting and managing business in the Middle East). Boston, MA.
  • World Entrepreneurship Forum (Panel: Scaling up entrepreneurship training through technology). Lyon, France.
  • Afghan Social Media Summit (Panel: CVE and technology in Afghanistan). Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Yahoo! Change Your World Summit (Panel: Women in Technology). Amman, Jordan.
  • Chicago Emerging Markets Summit (Panel: Tech startups in the MEA regions). Chicago, IL.
  • Global Business School Network (Panel: Mobile technology strategies in business schools). Tunis, Tunisia.
Media + Awards

To better focus on my work and develop and hone various skillsets, for the past year and half, I have largly shunned media attention and requests for interviews, unless a client dictates that I do so. So a lot of the media is pre-2014, including profiles in Marie Claire, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Yahoo!, USA Today, Wamda, Techmoran, etc.

Same with awards. I don’t actively search and apply for fellowships and awards unless someone has referred me…multiple times. A few sample ones: Open Hands fellow; White House Top 50 Global Entrepreneur; UAE Delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by Pres. Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta; Echoing Green Fellowship finalist, 40 Under 40 by National Leaders Council, etc.