As one of America's leading experts on innovation, Ross provides compelling insight into relevant issues fixated at the forefront of national and global conversations. He offers a practical analysis of which industries are going to shake up the marketplace.
He is currently at work on a book about the collision that has taken place at the intersection of government, business and citizens which will publish in 2021.
He is a Board Partner at Amplo, a global venture capital firm and sits on the board of directors or advisors for companies in the fields of technology, finance, education, human capital and cybersecurity.
He has served as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and as a Senior Fellow at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs.
His writing has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy. His academic writing has appeared as the journal cover articles in publications including the SAIS Review of International Affairs and the NATO Review.
During the Obama Administration, he served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, a role created for him to help modernize the practice of diplomacy and bring innovative solutions to advance America’s foreign policy interests.
Alec served as the Convener for the Technology & Media Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
He co-founded and helped lead 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:
• U.S. Department of State Distinguished Honor Award
• Oxford University Internet & Society Award
• Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine
• TriBeCa Film Festival Book of the Year Award
Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore.
- Futureproofing Our Children: Parenting and Leading in a Changing World
- The Decade Ahead 2020-2030
- The Impact of Geopolitics on Markets and the Economy
- Innovation, Automation, and Education in Tomorrow’s Economy
- Industries of the Future
Foresight about the innovations that will shape our future, and the skills we and our children will need to be a part of it.