Nora Dempsey

Senior Advisor for Innovation, eDiplomacy

U.S. Department of State

Nora is what Malcolm Gladwell calls a "connector." Although currently focused on using technology as an innovative diplomatic tool around the world (via interactive events and the Virtual Student Foreign Service), Nora has been at the heart of more traditional partnerships between educational institutions, and governments, across international borders. She was a member of the U.S. Middle East peace team 1993-1995, Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council 1999-2000, the U.S. Consul General in Florence, Italy and the founder of SAPER, an international biotech research center in Tuscany. Director of the State Department's advanced Arabic Institute in Tunisia 2008-2012, her MBA thesis from the Southern Mediterranean University focused on cultural patrimony and the international partnerships required to preserve it. Her undergraduate degrees are from Carnegie-Mellon University.