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Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline, to give Philippe Sachs Lecture, Oct 9 at Georgetown University

Zia Yusuf

The Master of Science in Foreign Service Program of Georgetown University is excited to announce that Zia Yusuf (MSFS ’93) will be delivering the Philippe Sachs Lecture on Leadership on October 9 at Noon in the Intercultural Center Auditorium at Georgetown University. The lecture is open to the public.  RSVP for the Lecture at this link.
Yusuf, the CEO and founder of Streetline, Inc., has had extensive experience as a leader in the private sector for over twenty years. Indeed, he is the subject of two case studies on leadership produced by Stanford Business School. Most recently, he has been featured in several  videos, including IMB Think and the Citi Progress Makers advertisement.



Zia is a seasoned senior technology executive with a track record of leading companies to success. He is currently CEO of Streetline Inc., the leading global provider of sensor-enabled Smart City solutions. Just prior to his role leading Streetline, Zia was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners. He spent the last ten years at SAP AG where he was executive vice president and a member of SAP’s Executive Leadership Team. At SAP, he led the company’s efforts in key areas, including co-founding SAPMarkets, a B2B marketplace company; founding and leading the SAP global corporate strategy team and its Design Services Team; and, most recently, as head of the global ecosystem and partner group, where he managed a network of 7,500 partners, award winning SAP online communities of innovation and the $125 mm SAP Netweaver Fund. Prior to SAP, Zia was part of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked on corporate finance and M&A transactions. Previously, he worked on health sector issues in Southern Africa, as well as project and structured finance in South Asia and Indochina, at the World Bank Group.

Zia has a MS in International Affairs from Georgetown University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Macalester College. He is also an associate consulting professor at Stanford University, where he taught “Experiences in Software Design” with Terry Winnograd and Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP and is currently co-teaching “Designing Liberation Technologies” with Profs. Terry Winnograd & Joshua Cohen. Zia is also an advisor to several start-ups and is an actively involved board member of non-profit institutions focused on education in South Asia and social entrepreneurship in East Africa. He has also been profiled extensively in leading business and technology publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, FastCompany, CNNMoney, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, etc. and featured in national television and radio stations such as CNN, MSNBC, KLIV Radio, and CNBC. (Bio quoted from Streeline, Inc.)

The Philippe Sachs Lecture in Leadership

The Philippe Sachs Lecture in Leadership has been made possible from a generous gift from Georgetown alum and MSFS Advisory Board Member Philippe Sachs (MSFS ’02). Yusuf will be the third person to deliver the Sachs Lecture, following former Duke University President Nannerl Keohane (video of lecture here) and Cameroonian activist Kah Walla (video of lecture here).

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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