Technology Empowering U.S. Diplomacy and Development

Welcoming Address - Speaker Bios

Chris Bracey - George Washington University Law School

Christopher Alan Bracey is a Professor of Law and the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the George Washington University Law School.  He is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of U.S. race relations, constitutional law, and civil rights.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Harvard Law School, where he served as a supervising editor on the Harvard Law Review, a general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and a general editor on the Harvard BlackLetter Law Review.  He is the author of two books on race, law and American history, and several articles that have appeared in leading law reviews.  Bracey joined the GW faculty in 2008 after having taught at both Northwestern University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Richard Boly - U.S. Department of State

Richard Boly is a career U.S. diplomat and currently the Director of the Office of eDiplomacy, an applied technology think tank for the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he was a National Security Affairs Fellow the Hoover Institution at Stanford..., where he launched the Global Entrepreneurship Program. He recently served in U.S. Embassy, Rome, where he developed and ran a program to promote entrepreneurship in Italy. Continuing with his close ties to Italy, Richard serves on the board of the Mind the Bridge Foundation, which connects the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems in Italy and Silicon Valley. Other embassy assignments include the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Paraguay. Richard is the most junior diplomat to win the Cobb Award for commercial diplomacy.  Richard was a 2012 finalist for a Service to America Medal in National Security & International Affairs and was named a FierceGovernment's Fierce 15.

In a prior life, he was the first Presidential Management Fellow with the Inter-American Foundation, was a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank, and founded and ran a shrimp hatchery in coastal Ecuador. In a stint with the Silicon Valley iconic PR firm, Regis McKenna, he helped launch the first Apple Macintosh. Richard is a graduate of Stanford University and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD, where he was selected as 2011 Co-Outstanding Alumni Award Winner.


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