Event: Technology, Economics and Politics in the Middle East | Freedom House

Event: Technology, Economics and Politics in the Middle East

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 9:30am

1850 M Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036

The Mark Palmer Forum for Advancing Democracy:
Information Technology, Economic Growth and Political Change in the Middle East
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

1850 M Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036


Is there a relationship between economic growth and political change? Does access to information inevitably drive societies to demand more economic and political freedom? In the Middle East, why has there been successful entrepreneurship in the technology sector despite repressive policies by governments? Will political liberalization follow? 

Please join Freedom House for a conversation with Mark P. Lagon, president of Freedom House, and Christopher M. Schroeder, US-based tech entrepreneur and venture investor and author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. The book offers a surprising and timely look at the technological revolution and economic opportunity in the Middle East. 

A light breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m.

Christopher M. Schroeder has run several online media companies including washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and healthcentral.com, the latter backed by leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists and sold in 2012. He has most recently travelled extensively among emerging markets -- the Middle East in particular -- examining how access to technology is rapidly changing these societies. Beyond his book, he has written about these issues and innovation more generally for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company, The Harvard Business Review, ReCode, TechCrunch and Pando Daily among others, and has been on Fareed Zakaria and Charlie Rose among other news shows. He was one of LinkedIn's first fifty "Influencers" and blogs regularly there. He sits on the boards of The American University of Cairo's School of Business, the Jordanian startup incubator Oasis 500 and sits on the investment committee of one of the largest venture capital funds in the region, Wamda. He also sits on the boards of the German Marshall Fund, American Council on Germany and American University School of International Service. He currently invests in a series of US startups, and advises several leading Silicon Valley venture capital funds.

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