Alec Ross


U.S. Department of State

Author; Former Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation

Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He serves as an advisor for both the political and technological elite to help them better understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, technology, and innovation. Ross brought these two select worlds together for President Obama 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 maximize 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, cybersecurity, disaster response, and the use of network technologies in conflict zones. Currently, he continues to educate various world leaders and top CEOs about these topics.

Ross’s highly anticipated book, The Industries of the Future, set to be released February 2016, will give readers an understanding of the next wave of innovations that are going to disrupt markets and workplaces around the world, for better and for worse.

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 cybersecurity.


Contributions by Alec Ross

  • Opening General Session
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2016