Elmira Bayraslı

Writer, consultant and lecturer.

Passionate about foreign affairs, entrepreneurship, and writing, she has spent the past two decades working on foreign policy, international development, and with startups worldwide. Today, she does both as a writer, speaker, consultant, lecturer, and co-founder.

In 2013, she co-founded Foreign Policy Interrupted, an education and media startup dedicated to increasing female foreign policy voices in the written and electronic press.

She is also a visiting fellow at the New America Foundation, and a lecturer at New York University. Her book, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places was 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, she left a cushy job in New York’s private sector for Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. There, she served as 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.

From 2011-2013, she wrote about global innovations and entrepreneurship in a weekly column entitled, Entreventures, on She has also contributed to the New York TimesWall Street JournalReutersForeign AffairsVentureBeatThe Huffington Post, and MIT’s Innovations Journal. In 2010, she co-authored a study for Pakistan’s Planning Commission on entrepreneurship, entitled: “Creating a Place for the Future.”

Proudly from Brooklyn, pre-hipsters, she loves yoga, Turkish simit, and the New York Mets.