Alexander S. Friedman

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"Alexander Friedman is the Chief Investment Officer of UBS Wealth Management, the world's largest wealth manager, and chairman of its global investment committee. Prior to joining UBS, Alex was founder and managing partner of Asymmetry LLC, a private investment company. Previously he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a member of its management committee during a period when the foundation more than doubled in size. Earlier in his career, Alex was an investment banker at Lazard and also served as a White House fellow and as an assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration. Alex is chairman of Safeboats International and is a non-executive director of Actis. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves on the boards of the Seattle Art Museum and the Access Fund. Alex received a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Princeton University." [1]

"Before joining the foundation in 2007, Friedman worked as an investment banker with Lazard, the international investment bank. Prior, he led corporate development at Medarex, a publicly held biotechnology company. He also served as a White House fellow and as an assistant to the secretary of defense for special projects in the Clinton Administration.

"Friedman holds a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the board of several non-profit organizations, including NetAid and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council." [2]

"Mr. Alexander Friedman is a mergers and acquisitions investment banker at Lazard Freres & Co. Prior to Lazard, he held executive positions at Medarex and OpenVenture Group and served as a White House Fellow in the Clinton Administration.

"Mr. Friedman has started a number of venture-backed companies and non-profits. He co-founded, an Internet firm that provides business-to-business marketing information. He also was founder and president of Accelerated Clinical, a biotechnology services company dedicated to accelerating the clinical trial process for biotechnology firms.

"Mr. Friedman, who was raised in New York and Washington, DC, received a BA in politics from Princeton University and a JD-MBA from Columbia University. He is the founder of the 21st Century Roundtable, his generation's first civic venture-capital non-profit group. It pairs young leaders of non-profits with young professionals who can provide advice, services and financing. He also founded Climb for the Cure, a national student effort to raise $1 million for AIDS research through a climb of Alaska's Mt. McKinley, and has served as a small-claims court and family mediator in Harlem and the South Bronx.

"... has served as a consultant to Harvard's Center for International Development." [3]


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  1. Social Finance USA Board, organizational web page, accessed June 21, 2013.
  2. Alexander S. Friedman, Columbia Business School, accessed April 29, 2008.
  3. Alexander S. Friedman, NetAid, accessed April 29, 2008.