Christopher Matthew Schroeder

​A trustee since 2015, Christopher Matthew Schroeder is an entrepreneur, investor and thought leader in interactive technologies and social media in the United States and across emerging growth markets.  He is author of the recent best seller, and first book on startups and innovation in the Arab World, Startup Rising—The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East—with a forward by Silicon Valley leader Marc Andreessen. Schroeder was the CEO and Publisher of washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital backed startup, sold in 2012.  He is an investor in consumer facing enterprises including Vox Media, Skift, Quibb, iBotta, Zignal Labs, BrightSky Labs, Segovia, and Beacon, among others, and as limited partner in leading Silicon Valley venture capital funds. Schroeder serves on the advisory boards of the American University School of International Service, and the boards of directors The German Marshall Fund and the American Council on Germany. He is on the Investment Committee of The Wamda Fund, one of the largest venture capital funds in the Middle East and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He is the co-chair of the bi-partisan effort on the economic future of the Middle East, led by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. He has written extensively on startups and innovation as well as emerging growth markets and the Middle East for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Pando Daily, Business Insider among many others, and has been featured on Charlie Rose and Fareed Zakaria's 360. He was named one of LinkedIn's first 50 Influencers.  He served on the staff of Secretary of State James Baker and Under Secretary Robert Zoellick.  He graduated from Harvard College (AB ’86) and Harvard Business School (MBA ’92)