Alec Ross is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and the author of The Industries of the Future, which has been translated into 24 languages and been a best-seller on 4 continents. 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.
During the Obama Administration, Ross 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. He 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.
Ross started his career as a sixth grade teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore. He holds Bachelor’s degree in History from Northwestern University.