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Alec Ross

Alec Ross is the author of the New York Times best-seller “The Industries of the Future”. He started his career as a sixth-grade teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore, and in 2000, he and three colleagues co-founded One Economy.

Ross 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. In 2009, Ross served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State.

Ross is also a visiting professor at King’s College London. He has served as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and Senior Fellow at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs.

He has been named one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine. He also received the U.S. Department of State “Distinguished Honor” award, the Oxford University “Internet & Society” award, and the TriBeCa Film Festival “Book of the Year” award.

Ross’ writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy. His academic writing has appeared as the journal cover articles of the SAIS Review of International Affairs and the NATO Review.

Ross lives in Baltimore with his wife and their three children.