Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s work across the finance, policy, emerging technology and publishing sectors focuses on expanding how we define the investable universe. She currently advises venture-backed, sustainability-focused technology start-ups on go-to-market strategies, and serves as a consultant to The Rockefeller Foundation around energy transition-related initiatives.  She is an adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the New York Times best-selling books The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (2011); Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (2015); and The Daughters of Kobani (2021). Among the topics of her systems-focused writing: the economic imperative of de-risking investment in women entrepreneurs, the urgency of clean water for girls’ education, and the connection among natural disaster, state fragility and child marriage, discussed in the 2014 Council on Foreign Relations paper “Fragile States, Fragile Lives.”

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