Dr. Alec Hansen

Competitiveness and Economic Strategy Advisor, FHI 360

Alec Hansen specializes in competitiveness strategy development. He has directed competitiveness initiatives in 25 countries, using value chain analysis and collaborative methods to involve stakeholders in cluster identification and growth. His experience is evenly split between advanced and emerging economies, working in aerospace, biotechnology and life sciences, electronics, food processing, health, information technology (ICT), metals and machinery, tourism, textiles and apparel, and transportation industries, among others. Much of his work focuses on small business development, improving industry-university linkages, and the demand side of workforce development. He has front-line experience implementing economic strategies with specific emphasis on the knowledge economy, small enterprise development and clustering. He has worked in Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Eastern Caribbean, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, the United States, and Zimbabwe. He served most recently as Chief of Party of the USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program.

Dr. Hansen is a former president, and currently serving on the Board of Advisors of The Competitiveness Institute, a nonprofit network of cluster practitioners world-wide, dedicated to improved understanding of competitiveness. He speaks Spanish, French, Danish, Swedish, Bahasa Indonesia, and Farsi. He has lectured on competitiveness at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University, and a economics from the University of California at Berkeley.