Morgan Ortagus and Samantha Vinograd co-founded Global Opportunity (GO) Advisors after years working together in the highest levels of government, finance, and technology. Integrating experiences from the White House and Treasury Department all the way to Wall Street and Silicon Valley, Morgan and Sam saw the need for a new model to help C Suite decision makers scale their businesses globally.
Our tailored advisory services translate geopolitical risk and dynamic policy and regulatory changes into actionable strategies that drive real-time business objectives and long term growth plans.
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Ms. Ortagus has worked her entire career in the emerging markets in roles in financial services, consulting, and diplomacy. She is also an active U.S. Naval Reserve Officer. Prior to founding GO Advisory, Ms. Ortagus helped found EY’s Geostrategic Business Group. Previously, she was a Global Relationship Manager at Standard Chartered Bank in the Public Sector Group covering clients in the Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
From 2008-2010, Ms. Ortagus was an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Treasury in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis where she worked to publicly designate individual terrorists on the United Nations 1267 list. Ms. Ortagus began her government service as a public affairs officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where in 2007 she spent several months in Baghdad, Iraq and worked with GO Advisory co-founder, Samantha Vinograd.
After serving in Iraq, Ms. Ortagus was assigned to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2010 as the Deputy U.S. Treasury Attaché to the Kingdom. In this role, Ms. Ortagus focused on working with the Saudi Arabian government to curb the illicit financial flows to and from the Kingdom. Ms. Ortagus was the principal liaison from the U.S. Treasury to the banking sector in Saudi Arabia.
Ms. Ortagus is a Johns Hopkins University Leadership Fellow; a member of the CNAS Council and Future of Sanctions Task Force; a member of the Institute for the Study of War’s Advancement Committee; the National Co-Chair of Maverick PAC; a board member to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation; and a board member to the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan. Additionally, Ms. Ortagus serves as an Advisor to Concordia, where she contributes to the strategic direction and development of the organization’s Diplomacy and Defense programming.
Morgan earned an honors thesis at Johns Hopkins University for her research on counterinsurgency. She graduated from Johns Hopkins in May 2013 with a dual Masters of Business Administration/Masters of Arts in Government. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science, cum laude, from Florida Southern College.
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Ms. Vinograd began her career as the Deputy U.S. Treasury Attaché to Iraq under President Bush, and she subsequently served on President Obama’s National Security Council as the Director for Iraq, Director for International Economics, and Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor.
Ms. Vinograd joined Goldman Sachs in 2013 where her work focused on building public-private sector partnerships across a broad range of policy and business issues. She subsequently led Global Public Policy at Stripe and is now a CNN National Security Analyst and a Senior Advisor at the Biden Institute. She was recently named a Newsweek “Woman of the Future.”
Ms. Vinograd is deeply engaged in social impact work and serves as an advisor to the US Fund for UNICEF, World of Children, and the Concordia Summit. She regularly works with students and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Public Policy Institute. She was named a David E. Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission and a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Ms. Vinograd has published and been featured in several media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, Politico, Marie Claire, and Fox News. She is fluent in French and proficient in Arabic and Hebrew.
Samantha received her B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.