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Alec Ross

Author and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University

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 codeification 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 years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role created for him by Secretary Clinton to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals. 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
  • U.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 innercity Baltimore where he lives with his wife and their three young children.