Brian Nafziger, currently the Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Program, has worked 19 years at the U.S. State Department, including overseas tours in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Spain, Lebanon, Russia, and Angola.Â He has worked on a wide variety of economic issues during his tours in Washington, DC, including work as the Deputy Director of the Intellectual Property Enforcement office, the Deputy Negotiator on the Columbia River Treaty (a treaty involving hydroelectric power and flood control issues between the United States and Canada), a detail as an International Economic Advisor at the U.S. Treasury, and the Egypt Desk officer in charge of economic and assistance issues. Before his current work on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, he helped plan the 2009 WTO Ministerial in Geneva, the 2009 Pittsburgh G20 Summit, the 2012 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Russia, and the 2015 Global Connect Initiative.
Brian was born in Manhattan, Kansas, and attended Manhattan High School. He received a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, a Master's degree in international economics from the University of Illinois, and a Master's in Public Policy from Princeton University. Before joining the U.S. State Department, Brian assisted many entrepreneurs and small business owners as an economic developer in Champaign County, Illinois.Â He is married to Piedad Cartagena Nafziger and lives in Washington, DC.