J. Alexander Thier
Alex is founder and CEO of Triple Helix, a strategic consulting firm dedicated to solving big challenges to advance people, planet, and prosperity, with clients across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In 2016, Alex was appointed the ninth executive director of the Overseas Development Institute in London, a leading global think tank on international economics and development, climate, and humanitarian issues. Alex is also a senior fellow at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Alex was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in senior leadership positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2010 to 2015. As assistant to the administrator and chief of policy, planning, and learning, he represented the United States in key international fora and played a leadership role in creating several international initiatives, including the U.S.-China Development Dialogue and the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership, and negotiating the Financing for Development Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. As assistant to the administrator of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, Alex oversaw a multibillion-dollar budget and thousands of staff in four countries. At the United States Institute of Peace, Alex led efforts to prevent genocide and mass atrocities and to help divided societies overcome the root causes of conflict. He was a fellow and director of the Project on Failed States at the Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Early in his career, Alex worked at the United Nations and Oxfam and served as a legal adviser to the constitutional commissions of Afghanistan and South Sudan. He has authored and co-authored many books, articles, and op-eds. He has a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. with honors from Brown University.