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2011.03.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Middle East, Persian Gulf Expert is Sokolof Speaker on April 14

Omaha - Dan Senor, a former advisor to the United States Presidential Envoy in Iraq, is the featured speaker at the annual Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture Series, presented by the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

Senor’s presentation, “Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle” begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at UNO’s Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge Street. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Senor’s presentation will use materials from his new book, Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, coauthored with Saul Singer.

The book and lecture draw on Senor’s expertise in Middle East and Persian Gulf geopolitics, security, and economics to provide the inside story on how Israel has cultivated a unique blend of innovative and entrepreneurial power.

Senor served as foreign policy advisor in the George W. Bush administration and as senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, having previously been a foreign policy and communications aide in the U.S. Senate.

As one of the longest serving civilians in Iraq, Senor received the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

“Having extensive experience in the investment world as well as an understanding of Middle Eastern geopolitics and economics gives Mr. Senor a salient comprehension of the phenomenon,” said Dr. Guy Matalon, director of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO. “His experience, reputation and credentials make him an obvious choice to present at the annual Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture on Israeli Economics.”

Senor serves as a founding partner of Rosemont Capital, is an analyst for Fox News, frequently published in The Wall Street Journal, and has written pieces for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, The Weekly Standard and Time.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed his MBA at Harvard Business School.

Today he works for a New York-based global investment fund, having invested in a number of Israel and American start-ups.

For more information, contact Guy Matalon: (402) 554-2139 or gmatalon@unomaha.edu.

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