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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 1 rsvp
Near Bryant Park in Manhattan. Specific address sent to confirmed attendees.

YPFP Excursion: Emerging Market Entrepreneurship

Network 20/20 is generously providing 5 discounted slots for YPFP members to its event "Emerging Market Entrepreneurship: Lessons from Around the World."

Come discuss the future of global entrepreneurship in emerging markets with a panel assembled by Network 20/20. Panelists include: Elmira Bayrasli, Co-Founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Paces; Karl Kilb, CEO of Boloro Global Limited; Comfort Paul, Principle at Nurture Invest; and will be moderated by Vincent Mai, Chairman and CEO of The Cranemere Group Limited.

This panel will delve into the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs in emerging markets and look at questions such as: how is technology changing entrepreneurs' ability to conduct business globally? How are governments helping or hindering innovation and business development? Panelists will share their own experiences and take questions from the moderator and audience.

All RSVPs must be received by Monday afternoon, March 27. Members may register by logging into their YPFP accounts below and clicking the RSVP button. Discounted entry to the event is $15 (normally $25), payable to Network 20/20.


Elmira Bayrasli - Elmira has spent the past two decades working on foreign policy, international development, and with startups worldwide and continues to do so today as a writer, speaker, consultant, lecturer, and co-founder.

In 2013, Elmira 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 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, Elmira left a job in New York’s private sector for Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina where she served as the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE Mission. From 1994-2000 Elmira was a presidential appointee at the State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively.

From 2011-2013, Elmira wrote about global innovations and entrepreneurship in a weekly column entitled, Entreventures, on Forbes.com and she has 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.”

Karl Kilb - Karl joined Boloro Global Limited as the CEO on October 1, 2016, bringing vast, worldwide experience in the financial markets, including secure, electronic transactions, as well as negotiation of multi-billion-dollar agreements.

Karl spent most of his career at Bloomberg LP, including more than 15 years as the General Counsel. Karl understands how to develop and monetize content, applications and technology. At Bloomberg, Karl built and managed a global Legal and Compliance Department that supported all aspects of Bloomberg’s worldwide businesses, including data, news, software, telecom and electronic trading. Karl was also a founding principal of Bloomberg Tradebook LLC, the company’s electronic agency brokerage firm, and Bloomberg’s Risk Manager, overseeing all insurance coverage.

Karl co-founded N2 Global Solutions, Inc., a New York City-based technology company, in 2014 and served as President/CEO until September, 2016.

Prior to becoming a lawyer in 1995, Karl was a broadcast journalist with CNBC, Financial News Network, 1010 WINS Radio and Bloomberg.

Karl regularly lectures on legal, business development and entrepreneurial issues, including at the Fordham University School of Law, where he is Chairman / Co-Founder of the Entrepreneurial Law Advisory Council.

A native New Yorker and resident of NYC with his wife, Alexis Christoforous, and their three children, Karl graduated magna cum laude from NYU with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and from the Fordham University School of Law with a focus on intellectual property and securities regulations. Karl is also involved with a number of charities, the Boy Scouts and Travel Baseball.

Vincent Mai - Vincent is the Chairman and CEO of Cranemere, LLC since the firm was founded in January 2012. Cranemere is a private equity firm specializing in investments in middle market companies globally. Prior to joining Cranemere, Vincent was at AEA Investors from 1989 to the end of 2011. He joined AEA as CEO and became Chairman in 1998. AEA is one of the oldest private equity firms in the U.S, focused on implementing successful operating improvements in its portfolio companies.

Prior to joining AEA, Vincent was a managing director of Lehman Brothers, then a leading Wall Street investment banking firm with global operations, where he was employed since 1976. He started his professional career in 1965 at S.G. Warburg and Co., Ltd., a London-based merchant banking firm. After moving to New York in 1969 to work on Warburg's US business, he joined the firm's board of directors in 1973. Vincent is currently chairman of the Board of Sesame Workshop and also serves on many boards including the Juilliard School and the University of Cape Town Fund. For 10 years during the 1990’s, Vincent was a director of The Carnegie Corporation of New York and Fannie Mae.

Comfort Paul  - Comfort is a Principal at Nurture Invest which is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and specializes in private equity investments mainly in Zimbabwe but also Southern and East Africa. He is responsible for analysis of private equity investments in Africa, executing transactions, fundraising in the U.S. market, and monitoring Nurture Invest's portfolio performance. Previously, Comfort worked as a Quantitative Analyst at Perennial Investment Partners in Australia, then as a Senior Analyst in the Transaction Services Department at Deloitte, Australia and as an Analyst in the Corporate Finance/Transaction Services Departments at PricewaterhoouseCoopers' St Kitts and Zimbabwe offices.


Monday, April 03, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 8 rsvps

Introduction to the Foreign Service

Please join YPFP and the New School's Milano School of International Affairs as we host Usha Pitts, the U.S. Department of State's Diplomat in Residence for the New York area to learn about the hiring process to become a Foreign Service Officer, Foreign Service Specialist, Diplomatic Security Agent, Consular Fellow, or civil servant.

America's diplomats are selected every year from the approximately 15,000 people who take The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). The Test is offered three times a year and is open to American citizens between the ages of 20 and 59 from all educational and professional backgrounds. It is free. The FSOT is held in October, February, and June.

But becoming a diplomat is not the only way to work for the State Department! If you would like to represent your country while living and working abroad, you might pursue other avenues into the State Department. Before attending this presentation, you may find it helpful to review information available at careers.state.gov.

Light snacks and drink refreshments will be served.

YPFP members may RSVP by logging into their accounts and clicking RSVP below. If you're not a member and would like to attend, consider joining YPFP NY.

New School students, staff and alumni as well as members of the public may register on Eventbrite.

Entry is free to YPFP members and New School students, staff and alumni. Entry for all others costs $5, payable on Eventbrite.


Usha Pitts has been an American diplomat for 19 years, serving tours in Cuba, Russia, Panama, Brazil, Italy and Austria. She has degrees in Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts and International Development from the George Washington University. She moved to New York last year with her partner and two children, where she serves as a State Department representative for the Tri-State area and Pennsylvania.

Committed to ensuring our diplomats represent the true face of America, Ms. Pitts informs and recruits a diversity of American citizens to careers with the State Department. She also teaches a course at City College on practical diplomacy. A former employee of the World Bank and former U.S. representative to two UN agencies, Ms. Pitts can also answer general questions about careers in the international public sector.