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Fiona Alexander

Distinguished Policy Strategist in Residence, School of International Service; Distinguished Fellow, Internet Governance Lab, American University

Fiona Alexander

Fiona Alexander currently serves as also both Distinguished Policy Strategist in Residence in the School of International Service and Distinguished Fellow at the Internet Governance Lab at American University.

Prior to this, she served for close to 20 years at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the US Department of Commerce where she was Associate Administrator for International Affairs.  At NTIA, she managed the US government’s relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and is NTIA’s sole Presidential Rank Award winner for her leadership in the privatisation of the Internet’s domain name system.  FMs Alexander was also the convener and co-leader of the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force which developed policy, norms and tools for issues related to commercial data privacy, online copyright protection, cybersecurity, and the global free flow of information.

Ms Alexander has represented the United States at a variety of fora, including the UN World Summit on the Information Society, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and ICANN.  During her tenure, the US led the development of Internet policy making principles and joined the only international agreement on Artificial Intelligence at the OECD, won the election of the first woman in the 153 year history of the ITU, and managed the collaborative implementation of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) at the authoritative root of the Internet domain name system.  Ms Alexander has served as a member of the High-level Advisory Group for the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group.

Prior to her government service, Ms Alexander was a Senior Consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where she worked on wireless and public safety issues.  

Ms Alexander has a BA in International Studies from Old Dominion University and an MA in International Relations from American University.  She was an Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy with the New Zealand Fulbright Program.

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