Global Thinkers Forum is pleased to announce in partnership with the UK Media Society:

a conversation with Lorraine Hariton

in London on July the 3rd 2014 at 18.00

to be held at The Arab British Chamber of Commerce




From the Silicon Valley to the White House

Interviewee: Lorraine Hariton Interviewer: Stryker McGuire

Lorraine Hariton
Lorraine was the U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the US State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In addition to being involved with development of the State Department’s Global Innovation Agenda, she works with the business community worldwide to ensure that commercial diplomacy efforts support U.S. foreign policy objectives. During her tenure, CBA has expanded cooperation and coordination with other trade promotion agencies and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to support U.S. exporters and business interests in support of the President’s National Export Initiative. In 2009, she launched the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), a U.S. State Department-led effort to promote and spur entrepreneurship around the world. Prior to the State Department, she worked for 25 years in the information technology sector in Silicon Valley, serving in senior executive positions at IBM and as President and CEO of two venture-backed technology firms. She has served on numerous boards for technology and gender research, and is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives. Ms. Hariton has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University. Lorraine is currently consulting with the NY Academy of Science building the Global STEM Alliance and with the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) on technology commercialization. She has just gone on her first public board WAVX(NASDAQ).

Lorraine will discuss insights on her career in the Silicon Valley and the Department of State; also on entrepreneurship and what it takes to be successful, and she will share her thoughts on challenges for women entrepreneurs globally and the STEM gap.

A fascinating, not-to-miss conversation!







Stryker McGuire

Stryker McGuire is the London-based senior editor for Bloomberg Markets, a monthly magazine published by Bloomberg News. Prior to that, he was a correspondent, bureau chief and senior editor at Newsweek magazine and the editor of LSE Research at the London School of Economics. McGuire has also been an associate at Lombard Street Research, an economics consultancy in the City of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


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The Media Society is a unique organisation that brings together people who work in all parts of the media. Our objective is to inspire, provoke, surprise, educate and entertain. We’re a charity, proud of our diverse membership, of which journalists are a significant part. But we’ve got something to offer everyone who has a connection with the media industry. Our members include high-profile, senior figures and those at the beginning of their careers. Journalists, producers, lawyers, academics, students, PR professionals, business people and consultants from across the UK are all members of The Media Society.


A global view on business

Lorraine Hariton in conversation with Stryker McGuire


From the Silicon Valley to the White House

The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) is a membership organisation, founded in 1975, to promote economic activity and facilitate trade in both directions between the UK and the 22 member countries of the League of Arab States. The Chamber’s mission is to help companies take advantage of the unlocked business potential whether they are new to the markets or more experienced players wishing to extend their operations to the Arab World. Over the years the Chamber has developed a broad range of services, expertise and knowledge which prove invaluable to both British and Arab businesses. Joining the Chamber offers companies a strategic advantage by putting them in contact with a wide and influential professional business network which is centred on our strong and productive ties with Arab and British chambers of commerce and the broader Arab-British business communities.

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