Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He recently served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role Clinton created for him to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s foreign policy goals.
Prior to his service in the Obama Administration, he served as convener for technology and media policy for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and co-founded an NGO that grew from three people in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people, with programs on four continents. Ross started his career as a school teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore.
Among recent recognitions, Foreign Policy Magazine named Ross to its list of the Top 100 Global Leaders, The Huffington Post’s named Ross as one of 10 Game Changers in Politics, bringing transformational change to government and the U.S. Department of State awarded Alec its Distinguished Honor Award.
Ross is currently writing a book about the future of globalization. He also 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.