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Big Data: Alec Ross

December 05, 2013 06:30 pm


George Washington University
1957 E Street NW Room B12
Washington, DC
United States

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Technology and data are having a profound impact across sectors, geographies, and cultures. “Big data” is here to stay, and it can revolutionize how leaders analyze, and solve critical global challenges. But it is not well understood: many emerging leaders lack the knowledge and skills to comprehend and apply data- and technology-centric solutions to complex problems. 

Join YPFP and learn from the one of the most accomplished innovators in the big data space, Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Mr. Ross has been invited as part of the Keynote Speaker Series for the Big Data and Analytics incubator in order to help future leaders of foreign policy understand the role of big data and innovation in developing foreign policy and crafting solutions to critical global challenges.

Speaker Biography:

Alec Ross served as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this role, Alec was tasked with maximizing the potential of technology in service of America’s diplomatic and development goals.

Prior to his service at the State Department, Alec worked on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and served as Convener for Obama for America's Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee.

In 2000, Alec Ross and three colleagues co-founded One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information about education, jobs, health care and other vital issues to low-income people. During his eight years at One Economy, it grew from a team of four people working in a basement to the world's largest digital divide organization, with programs on four continents.

Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher in inner-city Baltimore through Teach for America. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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