Alan Marcus

Alan Marcus
  • Senior Director, Head of Information Technology and Telecommunications Industries, World Economic Forum USA

As the Head of the ICT Sector, Alan Marcus has global responsibility of shaping the agenda across the IT, Electronics, Software, IT Services, and Telecommunications industries. In this role, he manages an exclusive list of top industry leaders, top knowledge experts, civil society leaders and government and public figures in pursuit of improving the state of the world. He as broad responsibilities for developing programmatic work streams, improving the quality and diversity of the partnership and providing general leadership for the Centre for Global Industries at the Forum. He currently leads Hyperconnected World Platform with focus on four pillars; Hard Infrastructure including mobile and fixed line telecoms, cloud infrastructure, IXPs, and enterprise networks; Governance and mechanisms, including public policy, privacy, security, treaties, and national and regional agendas; Data including personal data, big data, open data and the notion of the data commons along with the questions on sovereignty, ownership, and legal definitions of self; Cyber Resilience, including cyber security, risk mitigation, hygiene, surveillance, cybercrime and cyber warfare. This platform has over 100 CEOs across 20 industry sectors, representatives of 17 countries and international organizations. Prior to the World Economic Forum, Alan had senior management roles at both Symbol Technologies and Cisco Systems where he held positions in Marketing, Market Development, Product Development, and Process Development in the United States, Asia Pacific and Europe. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University and his graduate work was in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He has attended Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford in their respective Executive Education Programs. A noted authority on Networking Technologies, Alan has participated as an expert on numerous panels and lectures on the subject, including UN’s Internet Governance Forum, Comdex, OECD workshops, ITU workshops, Ministerial programmes at Communicasia, CEBIT, and a number of panels through the World Economic Forum