Biography of Steven Koltai

Steven Koltai is an executive with over 30 years of business experience in the entertainment industry, a successful repeat entrepreneur, investment banker, management consultant, and until September 2011, Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  He is the creator of Global Entrepreneurship Program of the U.S. Department of State.  Currently, Mr. Koltai heads a consulting firm working in international entrepreneurship ecosystem development and is an active investor in startups and growth stage companies.  Prior to his role at the State Department, Mr. Koltai served at Warner Bros. as its first Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development for nine years.  He was also the Founder and first General Manager of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Online.  Mr. Koltai’s most significant enterpreneurial ventures were Coronet and Event411.  At Coronet, he headed the Luxembourg-based startup and partnered with Coronet Founder and Chairman, Clay Whitehead; Coronet later became known as SES-ASTRA.  Today known as SES S. A., the company is the world’s second largest private television satellite system with 52 satellites distributing 6,100 channels of video, audio and data to 6 continents.  Mr. Koltai founded Event 411, an online event registration and management company based in California.  Mr. Koltai’s other work experience includes five years as an international banker at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Bankers Trust – now Deutsche Bank – and Salomon Bros.  Mr. Koltai spent a year as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and also two years at McKinsey & Company.  Mr. Koltai received both his BA in Modern European History and MA in International Economics from Tufts University and Tufts’ Fletcher School, as well as a Licence, as a Fulbright Scholar, from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.  Mr. Koltai was Founding Board Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, Founding Chairman of the Entertainment Technology Center at the USC School of Film and Television, and a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Koltai serves on the Board of Advocates of the Tisch College of Active Citizenship, the Board of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program, and the Board of Overseers of the College of Arts and Sciences, all at Tufts.  Currently, Mr. Koltai is a Board Member of Babson Global, Senior Advisor to Turkey’s entrepreneurship program, TEPAV, as well as to CRDF’s Global Innovation in Science and Technology program.  Mr. Koltai was Chairman of the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles for five years.