Dan Senor is an author, geopolitical expert, investor, and adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
He has long been involved in policymaking, politics, and business in the Middle East. Senor was one of the longest-serving civilian officials in Iraq, where he served in 2003 and 2004 as a Senior Adviser and the Chief Spokesperson for the U.S.-led Coalition. For his service, he was awarded the highest civilian honor by the Pentagon.
Senor also served as a Pentagon adviser to Central Command in Qatar and as a foreign policy and communications adviser in the U.S. Senate. He has studied in Israel, completed his MBA at Harvard Business School, and has traveled extensively throughout the Arab world. In his business career, he has invested in a number of Israeli and American start-ups, and today is with a New York–based global investment fund.
Senor’s analytical pieces are frequently published by the Wall Street Journal; he has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, and TIME.
Senor is the co-author of the New York Times best-seller Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, which addresses the trillion-dollar question: How is it that Israel—a country of 7.1 million people, only sixty years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources—produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the United Kingdom? Hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “rich and insightful,” and called “a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of leaders” by Tom Brokaw, Start-Up Nation proves there’s never been a better time to look at the remarkable and resilient nation of Israel for some impressive, surprising clues to economic growth.
An accomplished speaker—Senor gave more than a hundred press briefings while serving in Iraq—Senor comes to the podium to discuss the current, ever-changing global political situation. Because of Senor’s international policy expertise, specifically on Iraq and Iran, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, America’s renewed engagement with Europe and the tension between Russia and the new Ukraine, he is uniquely positioned to speak to America’s strategy and role in the world for the next four years and how the international community will react.
Senor lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.