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Alec Ross

Alec Ross

Washington DC, USA

Senior Advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton (2009-13)

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Industries of the Future (2016)

“Top 100 Global Thinkers”, Foreign Policy Magazine (2011)

Alec Ross is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, published by Simon & Schuster. The Industries of the Future explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next ten years, from cybersecurity and big data to the commercialization of genomics to the code-ification of money, markets and trust. Since its publication in February of 2016, it has gone into an 8th printing and the rights have been sold for translation into 18 languages.

Alec serves as an advisor to investors, corporations and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, markets and increasingly disruptive network technologies.

He recently served for four year as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State. In this role, Alec acted as the diplomatic lead on a range of issues including cybersecurity, Internet Freedom, disaster response and the use of network technologies in conflict zones.

Previously, Alec served as the Convener for the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

In 2000, he and three colleagues co-founded a technology-focused social enterprise and grew it from modest origins in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people, with programs on four continents.

Among recent recognitions:

  • Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine
  • S. Department of State Distinguished Honor Award
  • Oxford University Internet & Society Award

Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore where he lives with his wife and their three young children.

 

Our Comment

"Alec’s extraordinary first-hand experience of global diplomacy and the organisation and application of power gives him unique insights into the future of geopolitics, and the disruptive nature of technology innovation on states, large organisations and citizens around the world. He also provides a thoughtful perspective on US politics. His twitter commentary was commended ‘the best feed to follow’ by Time magazine in 2012."


The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

As Hillary Clinton’s Senior Advisor for Innovation, Alec Ross travelled nearly a million miles to forty-one countries, the equivalent of two round-trips to the moon. In The Industries of the Future, Ross distils his observations on the forces that are changing the world.

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