About Me

RahafAndPixelMediumRahaf is a Digital Foresight Strategist and New York Times Best Selling Author who has a deep passion for exploring how technology is affecting the way we communicate, work and play. As the founder of Red Thread, a consulting agency that provides clients with out-of-the-box thinking to tackle strategic challenges, she leads organizations across industries in understanding emerging technology trends and identifying, articulating and acting on areas of strategic opportunity.

Her second book “The Decoded Company: What if we understood our talent better than we understand our customers?”  was published in early 2014. She is currently working on her third book, an experiment in digital publishing called “ArchiTechs: How to Work Govern and Learn in a Hyper-Connected World.”

Her first book,  “Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand,” was published in 2009 and documented her experiences as a part of Barack Obama’s New Media team  during his Presidential election campaign in 2008.

Rahaf is a Global Ambassador for Sandbox, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a member of the Summit Series Network. She sits on the Board of Taking it Global, and is on the Advisory Boards of companies like Enstituteu.com, OneLeap.to & SyriaDeeply.org. She writes about technology and innovation at The Mark News, Techonomy and The Next Web.

Formerly,  Rahaf was the Associate Director the Technology Pioneers at World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland where she identified disruptive start-ups that were using technology to improve the state of the world.  She have been speaking about New Media and Technology since 2006 and is currently exclusively represented by The Lavin Speaking Agency.

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Boards & Associations:

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Taking It Global, Board of Directors.  TIG is an organization that enables a collaborative learning community to provide youth with access to global opportunities, cross-cultural connections and meaningful participation in decision-making.

 OneLeap.to, Advisory Board. OneLeap is a UK startup which puts people directly in touch with hard-to-reach employers, mentors, clients and investors (“Shakers”). Every connection generates revenue for great charities.

Enstituteu.com, Ambassador. Enstitute is an American non-profit, apprenticeship-based, education experience that turns startups and small businesses into classrooms.

Sandbox Network, Global Ambassador. Sandbox is a global community of young entrepreneurs and leaders between the ages of 20 and 30. There are over 900 young leaders in 44 different countries.

Summit Series, Member.  Summit is an annual invitation only conference that is the Davos for Gen-Y. Every year, 1000 entrepreneurs, leaders and game changers meet to discuss how they can apply their skills and insights to help create a better world.

 

Shorter Bio:

Rahaf Harfoush is a Digital Foresight Strategist and New York Times Best Selling Author who has a deep passion for exploring how technology is affecting the way we communicate, work and play. Her second book “The Decoded Company: Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers”(Penguin/Portfolio) was released in early 2014. She is currently working on her third book, an experiment in digital publishing called “ArchiTechs: How to Work Govern and Learn in a Hyper-Connected World.” Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Rahaf is a Global Ambassador for Sandbox, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a member of the Summit Series Network. She sits on the board of Taking it Global, and is on the advisory boards of companies like Enstituteu.com, OneLeap.to & SyriaDeeply.org. She writes about technology and innovation at The Mark NewsTechonomy and The Next Web