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Sam Blatteis

Samuel Blatteis is the co-founder and CEO of The MENA Catalysts Inc., a Middle Eastern government affairs advisory firm.

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Samuel Blatteis is the co-founder and CEO of The MENA Catalysts Inc., a Middle Eastern government affairs advisory firm.

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Early life and education

Blatteis was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. He received a bachelor's degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College in 2001 and also studied Arabic at The American University in Cairo and Damascus University in Syria.In 2005, Blatteis received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct field research on China's role in the Middle East. He graduated from Georgetown University with a master's degree in Gulf Public Policy in 2007.

Career

At Google, Blatteis served as Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Gulf Countries for over 3 ½ years. While there, he spoke in Saudi Arabia about the "skyrocketing" amount of YouTube content being uploaded from the Middle East and “the tech opportunity” for Arab women.In February 2017, Blatteis worked on a partnership between Google and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation to launch a digital literacy initiative for Saudi youths called We Are All Online.Blatteis left Google in July 2017 and co-founded The MENA Catalysts Inc., a Middle Eastern government affairs consulting firm.Blatteis previously worked for Deloitte Middle East as a Public Policy Manager and then senior manager until 2014, when he joined Google.

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