Science Breakfast - April 2013 - Cathy Campbell, President and CEO of CRDF Global

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Cathy Campbell, President and CEO of CRDF Global, and Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Program Manager, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, for the GIST initiative will address the Science Diplomats Club on Thursday April 25, 2013 from 8am to 10am at the Embassy of France.

Cathy Campbell will provide an overview of the CRDF Global programs, followed by Ovidiu Bujorean who will present the entrepreneurship and innovation activities using the GIST program he is managing as an example.


Cathleen A. Campbell
President and Chief Executive Officer
CRDF Global

Cathleen A. Campbell was appointed CRDF Global President and CEO in 2006. Ms. Campbell joined CRDF Global in 2002 as vice president for programs, overseeing the organization’s five program departments, and was appointed senior vice president in 2003. Campbell brings to CRDF Global three decades of international science and technology policy and program management experience. She has worked with and traveled extensively to countries in Eurasia, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America.

Prior to joining CRDF Global, Campbell served from 1998 to 2002 as director of the Office of International Policy and Programs in the Technology Administration of the Department of Commerce, as well as executive director of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission. From 1995 to 1997, she was a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Campbell was the U.S. State Department’s program officer for Soviet/Russia science and technology affairs from 1989 to 1994. Previously she held various research positions.

Campbell serves as a member of the External Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania State University’s School of International Affairs; the U.S.-Russia Innovation Working Group; the Advisory Board,; the Innovation Index Advisory Committee, U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation; and the Board of Directors of Global TechInnovations, a technology professional services company in Moscow, Russia. She holds an M.A. in Russian and East European studies from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Russian from Georgetown University.

Ovidiu (Ovi) Bujorean
Senior Program Manager, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
CRDF Global - Gist Initiative

Ovidiu Bujorean manages and directs the GIST Initiative, an exciting initiative that is a partnership led by the State Department and CRDF Global that is building a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem in 44 countries across the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and Africa. Previously, Mr. Bujorean was the Senior Associate at Rudyard Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in consumer technologies. Mr. Bujorean serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of AIESEC DC. Mr. Bujorean founded LEADERS, an organization that impacted the lives of approximately 10000 young leaders and entrepreneurs in Romania and Southern-Eastern Europe and is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and Harvard’s Kennedy School (MPA).

About CRDF Global

CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training and services. CRDF Global is based in Arlington, Virginia with offices in Moscow, Russia; Kyiv, Ukraine; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Amman, Jordan.
CRDF Global missions are:
- To provide cooperative research and development (R&D) opportunities that enable scientists and engineers to address critical security, economic, education and other societal needs.
- To advance peace and prosperity by funding civilian research and development projects that contribute to global nonproliferation objectives.
- To promote the application of science and technology to economic growth through international partnerships and training that foster invention, innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of technology.
- To strengthen university research and education in science and engineering.

About the GIST Initiative

The Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) Initiative is a partnership led by CRDF Global and the U.S. Department of State. The GIST initiative builds entrepreneurial ecosystems in 44 countries across the Middle East, Turkey, Asia and Africa by identifying, coaching, and funding the most promising technology entrepreneurs through its flagship competitions, start-up acceleration services, online social media platform and interactive mentorship programs. GIST forges partnerships, locally and globally, among technology entrepreneurs, angel investors, mentors and experts, to foster human progress and prosperity.

[Update 05-02-2013]