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Seth M. Siegel '75


Seth M. Siegel is a businessman, activist and writer.


Siegel is the author of Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, which will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press on September 15, 2015. In addition, Siegel has had Op-Ed essays on water issues and other topics published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, as well as in leading publications in Europe and Asia.  Siegel published his collection of quotations under the title Other People's Words.


He has spoken in the US and in Israel on water issues, including at the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the WATEC conference in Tel Aviv and the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC, as well as before many other audiences. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Siegel has been quoted in dozens of print and electronic media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, the Financial Times (FT), USA Today, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. Siegel has appeared on the NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, and was a regular studio guest on CNBC. Siegel was also interviewed about water on Israel National Radio. He has lectured as an adjunct professor at New York University.


Siegel began his career as an assistant district attorney in New York City, before working as a litigation associate and criminal defense attorney at Frankfurt Garbus Klein and Selz.


In 1990, Siegel co-founded The Beanstalk Group, a trademark licensing and brand extension agency. The company grew to be the world’s largest of its kind and was sold to Ford Motor Company in May 2001. In November 2005, Ford Motor Company sold Beanstalk to Omnicom and Siegel stepped down as co-CEO, assuming the position of Vice Chairman. While at Beanstalk and a predecessor company, Hamilton Projects (1983-1990), Siegel advised many Fortune 500 companies in the proper secondary use of their trademarks, trade dress and copyrights.


In 2007, Siegel co-founded Sixpoint Partners, a boutique financial services firm. In that same year, he co-founded Vringo, a company engaged in the innovation, development and monetization of mobile technologies and intellectual property. Siegel served as Chairman of the Board of Vringo until May 2013. He now serves as the Vice Chairman of Sixpoint Partners. Siegel was also the co-founder of the Harley-Davidson Café restaurants. Siegel was also a Producer of the Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha for which he received Tony and Drama Desk nominations, and an Associate Producer of the Emmy Award-winning ABC mini-series “Dinotopia".


In addition to his for-profit work, Siegel was the creator and primary funder of the “Building Community Through Literature” reading program at P.S. 165 in Queens, New York that ran for nine years. Siegel has served on several charitable Boards. He has been on the Board of the Heschel School continuously since 1989 (including ten years on its Executive Committee) and was made an honorary trustee in 2010.  He was the Board Chair of the Cornell University Hillel. Siegel also sits on the Boards of AIPAC, a pro-Israel organization, and of NLI-USA, the organization charged with the rebuilding of the National Library of Israel. He has also long served on the Advisory Board of Cornell’s ILR School.


Siegel is a graduate of Cornell University and the Cornell Law School, and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is married and lives in New York City. He is married and has three children. For more information visit


Read Seth's interview with AFHU here


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