Al Hammond

VP Special Projects & Innovation,
World Resources Institute

Allen Hammond is Vice President for Innovation and Special Projects at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a non profit, non partisan policy research institute located in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities include institute wide leadership in Internet strategy and digital technologies, and development of new initiatives. He also directs WRI’s Digital Dividends project and consults on ICT-for-development with foundations, development agencies, and a number of major corporations. His book, Which World?: Scenarios for the 21st Century, focused on long-term sustainability issues, was published in May, 1998, by Island Press. Dr. Hammond holds degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University in Engineering and Applied Mathematics. Prior to joining WRI, he helped to edit the international journal Science and went on to found and edit several national publications, including Science 80 86 (published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science), Issues in Science and Technology (published by the National Academy of Science), and the Information Please Environmental Almanac (published by Houghton Mifflin). In addition, he broadcasted a daily radio program for 5 years (syndicated nationally by CBS) and has written or edited 10 books. Dr. Hammond has extensively published scientific work, policy research, and business literature, including recent articles in Foreign Affairs (“Digitally Empowered Development,” March, 2001) and the Harvard Business Review (“Serving the World’s Poor, Profitably,” September, 2002); has lectured widely; and has served as a consultant to the White House science office, to several US federal agencies, to the United Nations, and to several private foundations.