Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He has been an entrepreneur, served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, and advised President Obama on the intersection of technology and geopolitics for his first presidential campaign. He did the same during his time as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, a role created for him to maximise the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals. In this role, Ross advanced the State Department’s interests on a range of issues including Internet Freedom, cyber security, disaster response, and the use of network technologies in conflict zones. Currently, he continues to educate various world leaders and top CEOs on these topics.
Ross’ best-selling book, The Industries of the Future, explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next ten years, from cyber security and big data to the commercialisation of genomics to the code-ification of money, markets and trust.
Ross currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and sits on the board of directors or advisors for companies in the fields of technology, media, telecommunications, education, health care and cyber security.