Soraya Darabi will join us March 27, 2012.
Soraya Darabi is co-founder of Foodspotting.com and an internationally-known, expert on emerging media, serving as Digital Strategist to ABC News. She also advises leading companies and startups on business development partnership strategy and operations in the digital space.
Soraya began her career as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times, where she successfully led the drive to syndicate NYTimes.com news and video across multiple social-media platforms.
In 2009, her New York Times multimedia Inauguration Day campaign on Facebook won first prize at the INMA Awards for excellence in marketing. Darabi was named one of AdAge magazine’s “25 People in Media to Follow on Twitter” and was on the “Silicon Alley 100” list in 2009. In 2010, Fast Company featured Darabi on the cover of its annual “Most Creative People in Business” issue, appeared on the cover of Brandweek's Hot Digital issue, was named by The Daily Beast as one of the Women Who Rule the Web.
She served as Product Lead at drop.io, a real-time online sharing and collaboration and presentation service based in New York City recently acquired by Facebook.
Today, Darabi dedicates her time to the location-based mobile application Foodspotting and to ABC News where she reports on online communities as their digital strategist.
Darabi leverages her social media expertise to help important nonprofit causes, including Charity: Water, The Robin Hood Foundation, and Goods4Good.org; in 2011 she became the first digital ambassador to The United Nation's technology group "Global Pulse."
She earned her BA in English literature from Georgetown University in 2005.