Fiona Alexander is a former government executive with extensive experience and globally diverse contacts in international Internet, telecommunications and emerging technology policy. She is co-founder of Salt Point Strategies, a strategic consulting firm focused on domestic and international spectrum, emerging technology, and Internet policy. Salt Point provides public affairs consulting, strategy, and advice to clients navigating the emerging high-tech economy, from startups to Fortune 500 companies across global market
Ms Alexander served for close to 20 years at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce where she was Associate Administrator for International Affairs. She managed the U.S. 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 privatization of the Internet’s domain name system. Ms Alexander was 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 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 U.S. 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 B.A. in International Studies from Old Dominion University and an M.A. in International Relations from American University. She was an Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy with the New Zealand Fulbright Program. Ms 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. For the Internet Governance Lab, she is also the inaugural Chair of an Alumni Expert Council. She is as an advisor to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board, a Mentor for the International Telecommunication Union Woman in Cyber Mentorship Program, and a member of the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network.
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