Elmira Bayrasli

Elmira Bayrasli writes about global entrepreneurs, is 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 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. She 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 about foreign policy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, Reuters, TechCrunch, and VentureBeat. Proudly from Brooklyn (pre-hipsters), she practices yoga, loves potato chips and roots for the Mets. Follow her tweets on all things entrepreneurship @EndeavoringE.

Lauren Bohn

Lauren Bohn is The GroundTruth Project’s inaugural Middle East correspondent based in Istanbul and a columnist for Foreign Policy Magazine. She’s the co-founder of SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation campaign in Malawi to provide bikes for adolescent girls to get to school. She's the founding assistant editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in Egypt, where she was a Fulbright fellow and Pulitzer Center grantee. Proudly from the Philly ‘burbs (#Wawa), she has a sweet-spot for English bulldogs and the stationery/office supplies section of Target. Follow her tweets for dispatches on the road, including ample food-porn, @LaurenBohn.