Alexander Feldman is President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. The Council, founded in 1984, represents more than 130 of the largest American businesses in Southeast Asia through eight offices in the US and in the region.
Mr. Feldman has been involved in the ASEAN region for 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. Under Secretaries of State Powell and Rice, he led the Bureau of International Information Programs, with the rank of Assistant Secretary of State, and responsibility for global public diplomacy. He 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 and syndication of its programming 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. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the U.S.-Indonesia Society. Mr. Feldman is also a 2013 Eisenhower Fellow and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
US-ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL
The Council’s is at the forefront of U.S. relation with ASEAN. It is the only U.S. based organization mentioned in the ASEAN charter, and has the unique privilege of participating annually in the meeting of the ASEAN Finance and Economic Ministers, as well as conducting annual consultations with the ASEAN senior officials in charge of Customs, Healthcare, Food & Agriculture and others. The consultations offer both sides an opportunity to exchange views on the business and investment climate, and examine ways in which U.S. companies can work together with the ASEAN Ministers to promote trade and investment in the region.