Steven R. Koltai is a Fellow at New America, Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, and Managing Director of Koltai & Co. LLC. He is a successful repeat entrepreneur in the telecommunications and event management industries, and from 2009-2011 served as Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship in Secretary Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

While at the State Department, Steven created and ran the Global Entrepreneurship Program, a central element of President Obama’s strategy for changing the relationship between the U.S. and Muslim communities around the world. He left the State Department to continue the work of global entrepreneurship ecosystem building via Koltai & Co. 

Steven has over 30 years of business experience with several successful startups under his belt, including SES, the world’s largest commercial TV satellite system, and Event411, an online event management business which he founded, grew to over 250 employees, and sold in 2002. He has also served as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at Warner Bros., as a strategic planning consultant at McKinsey & Co., and as an investment banker at Salomon Bros. Steven is an active angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs around the world.

Steven can be reached at steven{at}koltai{dot}co


Matthew Muspratt, Steven's collaborator on Peace through Entrepreneurship, is a writer & photographer and business & legal consultant with expertise in sub-Saharan Africa. He consults on entrepreneurship with Koltai & Co. and has worked in several African countries as a legal advisor to banks, social enterprises, and an access-to-justice organization. More on his writing and photography can be found at