How does entrepreneurship & innovation thrive in a stateless nation?




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Published on Oct 22, 2013

As Palestine continues to strive for full statehood, there are signs of growth in economic development throughout the region; change makers in the private sector, entrepreneurs, innovators and philanthropists are playing a major role in this unparalleled evolution. Prominent leaders of these sectors will be in Silicon Valley to share their vision, experiences, and perspectives for the future. As we know, continued economic progress is a key component and must be fostered but sustainable development and help to bring an end to the conflict in Palestine can only be realized in concert with advancement on all other political fronts. The speakers have all led mutual efforts for progressive change and witnessed the great lengths the Palestinian people have been through to survive in a difficult environment. Despite all, they and the people of Palestine, offer hope to the human spirit by never giving up on the possibility of progress for its future.

Panel Moderated by Kamran Elahian, Chairman & Co-founder, Global Catalyst Partners

Kamran Elahian has co-founded more than ten high-tech companies and two nonprofit organizations (see list below), in addition to co-founding Global Catalyst Partners. He serves as chairman of the board for Actelis Networks, the Global Catalyst Foundation and is Chairman Emeritus of Relief International-Schools Online, and serves on the board of SoundHound. He also serves as co-chair of UNDESA-GAID, The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development is a United Nations global forum that promotes the use of information and communication technologies in developing countries.
In December 2006, Mr. Elahian was presented The Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities of the fabless semiconductor industry. Mr. Elahian received his BS in computer science, BS in mathematics, and masters of engineering in computer graphics from the University of Utah.

For more information on Kamran Elahian's life and career, please visit www.kamranelahian.com

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