Conservation X Labs - CEO & Co-Founder
Alex Dehgan is the CEO of Conservation X Labs, a company focused on harnessing exponential technologies, open innovation, and entrepreneurship for conservation. He is currently an innovator in residence at Duke University, where he has helped set up an initiative on Conservation Innovation and designed a MOOC on innovation and design for conservation and development through Coursera. Dr. Alex Dehgan recently served as the Chief Scientist at USAID, with rank of Assistant Administrator, and founded the Global Development Lab, modeled to be a DARPA for Development. Prior to USAID, Alex worked in multiple positions within the Office of the Secretary, and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, at the Dept. of State. As the founding director of the Wildlife Conservation Society Afghanistan Program, Alex helped create Afghanistan’s national park system. Alex is currently writing a book, The Snow Leopard Startup, with the Public Affairs Imprint of Perseus Books Group, on this effort.