Steven Koltai is an expert on international entrepreneurship ecosystem development. He is currently Managing Director of Koltai & Company, an entrepreneurship program development consultancy. A governance studies scholar at Brookings Institute, Koltai is pursuing a project and book provisionally titled: “World Peace through Entrepreneurship.”
Most recently, Koltai was Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship at the US Department of State under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where he created and managed the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), focused primarily in job creation via entrepreneurship in Muslim-majority countries. Steven has 30 years of business experience as an investment banker (Salomon Brothers), management consultant (McKinsey & Company), media industry (Warner Bros and Lifetime Television), and as a multiple company successful entrepreneur and angel investor. Mr. Koltai served as co-founder of Europe's largest private television satellite company, SES/Astra. His second entrepreneurial effort was as founder and CEO of an online event registration and management company, Event411.
He is a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations where he was an International Affairs Fellow. Koltai serves on numerous for profit and not-for-profit Boards, including the Tisch College of Active Citizenship at Tufts University (his alma mater), Babson Global at Babson College, the Library of Congress’ David Rubenstein Literacy Awards Committee, the Museum of Hungarian-speaking Jewry in Safed, Israel, and Advancing Girls Education (AGE) Africa in Malawi.
Koltai was born in Budapest, Hungary, fleeing to the US as a small child with his family following the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. He was raised in Los Angeles, California and Kansas City, Missouri. He and his partner Ivan Zizek live in Lincolnville, Maine, California and Washington, DC. Koltai has two sons.