Digital Diplomacy Interactive Discussion with British Ambassador TOM FLETCHER and Senior Innovation Adviser to Hillary Clinton ALEC ROSS
On behalf of the British and American Embassies in Lebanon, Online Collaborative requests your pleasure at an interactive discussion with:
– Tom Fletcher, the British Ambassador to Lebanon
– Alec Ross, Senior Adviser for Innovation to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
– Jimmy Leach, Senior Associate at Portland Communications
Date: Friday, November 30th, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Place: Issam Fares Hall – American University of Beirut.
The event is free of charge and all are welcome!
Tom Fletcher was born in Kent, and studied at Harvey Grammar School (Folkestone) and Oxford University (Hertford College), graduating with a First class degree in Modern History. He has an MA in Modern History, and is a Senior Associate Member of St Anthony’s College for International Studies, Oxford.
He is married to Louise Fletcher and they have two sons, Charles (born 2006) and Theodor (born 2011). Tom enjoys political history, cricket (Strollers CC), and mountains, and is the co-founder of 2020 (a progressive think tank).
Tom was awarded the Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2011 New Year’s Honours, for services to the Prime Minister.
Alec Ross (born November 30, 1971) is Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role created for him that blends technology with diplomacy. As Secretary Clinton’s “tech guru,” Ross is leading the State Department’s efforts to find practical technology solutions for some of the globe’s most vexing problems on health care, poverty, human rights and ethnic conflicts. In 2010 Ross was named one of 40 leaders under 40 years old in International Development, and Huffington Post included him in their list of 2010 Game Changers as one of 10 “game changers” in politics. He is also one of Politico’s 50 Politicos to Watch as one of “Five people who are bringing transformative change to the government.” Foreign Policy magazine named Ross a Top Global Thinker in 2011. Profiled in 2011, Time Magazine describes how Ross is incorporating digital platforms into the daily lives of U.S. diplomats and his support of programs to train activists in the Middle East. Time Magazine also named Alec Ross one of the best Twitter feeds of 2012. In 2012, Newsweek named Alec to their Digital Power Index Top 100 influencers, listing him among other “public servants defining digital regulatory boundaries.”
Jimmy Leach is a senior digital advisor for Portland Communications, director for digital engagement at Gems Education and head of Social Media at Unbound. Prior to that he was head of digital diplomacy at the Foreign Office, and head of digital comms at the Prime Minister’s Office and director for digital at The Independent.