Steven Koltai is an executive with over 30 years of business experience in entertainment industry, a successful repeat entrepreneur, investment banker, management consultant and until September 2011, Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is the creator of Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) of the US Department of State. Currently, Steven consults in entrepreneurship ecosystem development in emerging markets and is also a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution where he is working on a book provisionally entitled: “World Peace through Entrepreneurship.”
Prior to his role at the State Department, Koltai served at Warner Bros (NYSE: TWI) as its first SVP of Strategy and Corporate Development for nine years. He was also the founder and first General Manager of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Online. Koltai’s most significant entrepreneurial ventures were Coronet, where he headed the Luxembourg-based startup and partnered with entrepreneur and Coronet Chairman, Clay Whitehead who founded the company.
Today known as SES-Astra (LuxSE: SESG, EuroNEXT/Paris: SESG), the company is the world’s largest private television satellite system with 51 satellites distributing 6,100 channels of video, audio and data to 6 continents. Koltai also founded and grew from zero to 300 employees, Event411, an online event registration and management company based in California. Koltai’s other work experience includes 5 years as an international banker at the Export-Import Bank of the US, Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank) and Salomon Bros. Koltai spent a year as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and also two years at McKinsey & Company.
Steven Koltai received both his BA in Modern European History and MA in International Economics from Tufts University and Tufts’ Fletcher School, as well as a Licence (as a Fulbright Scholar) from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Koltai was Founding Board Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, Founding Chairman of the Entertainment Technology Center at the USC School of Film and Television, and a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Koltai serves on the Board of Advocates of the Tisch College of Active Citizenship, the Board of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program, and the Board of Overseers of the College of Arts and Sciences, all at Tufts. Currently, Koltai is a Board Member of Babson Global, Senior Advisor to Turkey’s entrepreneurship program (TEPAV) as well as to CRDF’s Global Innovation in Science and Technology (GIST) program. Koltai was Chairman of the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles for five years.
He lives in Washington DC, Lincolnville, Maine and Los Angeles, California.