Alex  Lightman

Alex Lightman

Alex Lightman is an author, entrepreneur, and futurist, who has made significant contributions to the adoption of IPv6,served as CTO of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization, and has authored several books on technology and society. He is a Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate of MIT ('83) and attended graduate school at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he studied negotiation with Jim Sebenius at the time he was advising the then-start up Blackstone Group, and comparative analysis of public policy in developing countries. Lightman's thesis at Harvard, "The US vs. UN: Cases for Space Authority", argued that the United Nations is unable to enforce decent standards and thus the United States government should develop and maintain hegemony in outer space.