Alexander Feldman is President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. Founded in 1984, the Council represents more than 150 of the largest American businesses in Southeast Asia through its headquarters in Washington, DC and its seven regional offices. Since Mr. Feldman assumed his role in June of 2009, the Council has grown its membership by over 75%, added two new regional offices, and established major initiatives such as ASEAN Matters for America, the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, an annual CEO level business mission to ASEAN, and the ASEAN Economic Ministers Roadshow.
Mr. Feldman has been involved in the ASEAN region for over 25 years in a career spanning both the public and private sectors. He resided in Asia for more than a decade, and has conducted business in all 10 ASEAN member countries.
From 2004-2008, Mr. Feldman held senior roles in the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce. He worked under Secretaries of State Powell and Rice, leading the Bureau of International Information Programs, with the rank of Assistant Secretary of State, and responsibility for public diplomacy. Mr. Feldman also served as a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.
Prior to returning to public service, Mr. Feldman served as an international media executive in TV, radio and the Internet, working for NBC Universal, News Corporation and Viacom in Asia residing in Singapore and Hong Kong. During this time, he ran one of the world’s first all-digital satellite radio broadcasters; founded Asia’s first business-focused streaming media company; pioneered CNBC’s first live mobile video venture; and helped launch the MGM Movie Channel in Greater China and Southeast Asia.
From 2002-2004, Mr. Feldman served as Vice President and head of Affiliate Sales for CNBC Asia Pacific, and was a member of its executive management committee. He was responsible for distribution of CNBC’s television channels, syndication of its programming, and development of new media platforms throughout the Asia Pacific region.
In 2000, Mr. Feldman founded B2Bcast.com, a webcasting company, headquartered in Singapore and focused on Asia, where he served as President & CEO. Mr. Feldman began his career serving as Special Assistant to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Economic Policy in Washington, DC.
Mr. Feldman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, an Eisenhower Fellow and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the U.S.-Indonesia Society.