Alexander S. Friedman is the group chief executive officer of GAM Holding AG. Prior to joining GAM, Alexander Friedman served as the global chief investment officer of UBS Wealth Management and as chairman of the UBS Global Investment Committee. Before that, he was the chief financial officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a senior advisor to Lazard and a non-executive director of Actis. He was a White House fellow in the Clinton administration and an assistant to the US Secretary of Defense. Alexander Friedman is a board member of several non-profit organisations and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, an MBA from Columbia University Business School and a BA from Princeton University. Friedman is a regular contributor to financial media, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNBC and Project Syndicate.