Managing Director/Chief Partnerships Officer
Thomas is an Unreasonable Mentor. Thomas has participated in 8 programs, including mentoring virtually in Fall 2020 Programs, and has advised over 109 Unreasonable companies.
Thomas Debass currently serves as the Managing Director of the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State. He is responsible for providing thought leadership on partnerships related to economic growth, global finance, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Thomas has played a leading role in promoting and institutionalizing the role of public private partnerships as a tool for advancing foreign policy and development objectives. He regularly gives lectures and talks about the intersection of tech, policy, business, and society. He is the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service for America Medal Finalist.
On his personal capacity, Thomas is also the Founder of Institute for African Future, . Startfield is program home to CoderDojo NOVA, a volunteer-driven community coding club for kids and the associated regional coding competition for kids called Cool Code Awards. He also serves as the Founding Dean of the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Chapter of The Awesome Foundation. He is also the founder and curator of SmartPhilm Fest, a unique film festival for shorts exclusively made with smartphones and other mobile devices. Thomas is a graduate of Virginia Tech with MA degree in Applied Economics and BA in Economics. He has also taken two executive education programs: Executive Certificate in International Business Management at Georgetown University and Berkeley Executive Leadership Program at the Haas School of Business. He is also a certified foresight practitioner.