John Hartnett, President & Founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, announced the launch of a Silicon Valley base for the International diaspora Engagement Alliance at the U.S. Secretary of State’s second annual Global Diaspora Forum in Washington, DC today. Speaking on a panel following the Secretary, Hartnett discussed the prospects for global diaspora engagement in Silicon Valley.
“The global diaspora is a critical part of the Secretary’s strategy for development and diplomacy, and I am honored to lead outreach with Silicon Valley Global Diaspora,” said Harnett at the Forum. “Silicon Valley continues to be the number one destination for global entrepreneurs from around the world and it is an integral part of the U.S. strategy to unite the global diaspora. ”The Global Diaspora Forum is an annual celebration of America’s diaspora communities. The gathering challenges diaspora communities to forge partnerships with the private sector, civil society, and public institutions in order to make their engagements with their countries of origin or ancestry effective, scalable, and sustainable.
The theme for the 2012 Global Diaspora Forum, to be held in Washington, DC on July 25-26 is “Moving Forward by Giving Back.” The Forum will focus on how new technology can empower and increase diaspora philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and social innovation.
The event brings together a diverse range of stakeholders, all passionate about promoting diaspora engagement including:, leaders of diaspora communities, U.S. government officials, private sector stakeholders, representatives of international institutions, foundations executives, academic experts, members of nonprofit organizations.
“We are delighted that John Hartnett has agreed to lead the Silicon Valley Global Diaspora,” said Kris Balderston, Special Representative for Global Partnerships at Secretary Clinton’s Global Partnership Initiative. “John brings decades of experience and understanding of how the diaspora can be focused and organized to provide a powerful market gateway and supporting business network to their nation of origin.”