Elmira Bayrasli is the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted. She 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 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.
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, Ms. Bayrasli writes about foreign policy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, Reuters, TechCrunch, and VentureBeat.