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Stephen Kaplitt Discusses Personal and Academic Background

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Stephen Kaplitt

  • Senior Advisor, Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • male
  • Caucasian
  • 1967 (Age: 54 years old)
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Stephen B. Kaplitt is the first Director of the Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR) initiative at the U.S. Department of State. EESR promotes private-sector job-creation in regions where lack of economic opportunity helps fuel conflict and extremism.

Previously he was Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He advised Agency leaders on a variety of subjects, including the First Amendment/ Establishment Clause, terrorist financing, USAID's relationship with the intelligence community and implementation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Threshold program. In December 2004 he was a member of USAID's delegation to the OSCE short-term observer mission for the presidential election in Ukraine.

Before entering government, Kaplitt was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Lumenis Ltd., a Nasdaq-listed manufacturer of medical laser and light technology devices. At Lumenis he managed an annual budget of $10 million; supervised in-house and external counsel; and oversaw all of the Company's legal affairs, which included an SEC investigation, multiple shareholder class action lawsuits, complex intellectual property disputes, global product litigation and a broad range of transactional matters.

Prior to Lumenis, Kaplitt was a senior associate at Becker, Glynn, Melamed & Muffly LLP, a boutique international law firm in New York. While there he was seconded for two years to the International Finance Corporation, where he worked on numerous finance and equity transactions in Asia, Central Europe and the Baltics. He began practicing law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and was also an associate in mergers and acquisitions at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, both in New York. During his legal career, Kaplitt acted as associate or lead counsel on corporate transactions totaling $3 billion in aggregate value, in over twenty countries.

Stephen Kaplitt received his JD cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, and his AB in Government with high honors from Dartmouth College.

I came to the State Department from the US Agency for International Development where I was senior advisor to the general counsel and that move was from the private sector where I'd spent basically 12 years as an M&A lawyer and also in-house at a NASDAQ company as general counsel. But this move to ...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 1 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Discusses Personal and Academic Background
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 0 min. 58 sec.
Video 2 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Discusses The EESR Initiative
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 2 min. 38 sec.
Video 3 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Discusses Specific Mission of EESR
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 2 min. 36 sec.
Video 4 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Discusses How EESR Leverages and Complements US Foreign Development Programs
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 1 min. 57 sec.
Video 5 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt States Job Creation Is a Matter of Survival In Many Areas of the World
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 2 min. 9 sec.
Video 6 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Shares Thoughts on Links Between Poverty and Terrorism
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 3 min. 21 sec.
Video 7 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Provides Outline of How EESR Operates
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 3 min. 49 sec.
Video 8 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Discusses Similarities and Differences Between Kiva and EESR
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 4 min. 16 sec.
Video 9 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Discusses Business Proposals From Developing Countries
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 2 min. 23 sec.
Video 10 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Shares Example of Why Best Business Ideas Are Generated Locally
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 3 min. 24 sec.
Video 11 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Discusses States There Is No Predefined Way To Help Entrepreneurs In Developing Countries
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 2 min. 41 sec.
Video 12 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt States Presumption That Market Will Help Determine Value
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 1 min. 55 sec.
Video 13 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt States Successful Outcomes Result In Entrepreneurs Generating The Connections They Need
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
  • 1 min. 11 sec.
Video 14 of 14 Stephen Kaplitt Discusses Inspiration Behind EESR
  • Stephen Kaplitt - Interview - Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions (EESR)
  • 9/28/2008
  • Stephen Kaplitt
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