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Alec Ross is an American author, entrepreneur and technology policy expert: he was Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the duration of her term as Secretary of State and he served as the Convener for the Technology & Media Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

After leaving the Department of State in 2013 he joined the School of International and Public Affairs, King’s College London as a Visiting Professor, Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. Alec is a recipient of 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. He was also named one of Foreign Policy magazine Top 100 Global Thinkers. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, translated to twenty four languages, and named the 2016 Book at TriBeCa Festival.

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.


Doing business across borders is more complicated, dangerous and prone to near-instant change than any time since World War II and business leaders need help understanding how to adapt. The course will examine the economic and political forces that brought us to where we are today and look at the trends shaping the decade to come. The course will appraise the implications of these changes balanced between businesses, citizens, and public officials and help students understand how to work on our 196 country chessboard. The course will be enhanced by guest engagements with some of the globe’s leading analysts working at the intersection of markets and geopolitics.

Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods
Food and Wine
Supercars, Superbikes and Motorsports
AI and Manufacturing
Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses