• Richard Boly

    Director of the Office of eDiplomacy for the U.S. Department of State

    Richard Boly is a career diplomat and Director of the Office of eDiplomacy, an applied tech think tank for the U.S. State Department. He is also a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he launched the Global Entrepreneurship Program. Boly has served in the U.S. Embassy, Rome, where he developed and ran a program to promote entrepreneurship in Italy. Continuing with his close ties to Italy, he serves on the board of the Mind the Bridge Foundation, connecting the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems in Italy and Silicon Valley. Other embassy assignments include the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Paraguay. Boly was the most junior diplomat to win the Cobb Award for commercial diplomacy and was a finalist for a 2012 Service to America Medal. He founded and ran a shrimp hatchery in Ecuador. With the Silicon Valley PR firm, Regis McKenna, Boly helped launch the first Apple Macintosh. He holds degrees from Stanford University and the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD.