Stephen Salyer

President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephen L. Salyer became the eighth president of Salzburg Global Seminar in September 2005. Under his leadership, Salzburg Global's program has become more policy-oriented, including long-term initiatives to promote the rule of law across diverse societies, to foster global economic growth and stability, and to create civic media for social change. He was president of Public Radio International from 1988 to 2005, and under his leadership the U.S network's affiliate structure expanded from 200 to more than 800 stations and became a major supplier of international and financial news programming. He co-founded in 1999 and chaired until 2005 a nationwide web service company for public television and radio stations-Public Interactive, LLC. He was senior vice-president of WNET/Thirteen, the PBS flagship program producer, and associate-in-charge of Public Issues at The Population Council in New York City. His career began as a speech writer for the philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller 3rd, for whom he managed grant-making in women's health, family planning and sex education. He is a graduate of Davidson College and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He spent a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship year investigating population and development policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, and was a Root-Tilden Scholar at New York University School of Law. His recent board service includes Salzburg Global Seminar, Internews Europe, Internews U.S., Guidestar USA and Davidson College, from which he received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 2003.

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