Alexander Benard

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Alexander Benard
Born (1983-10-24) October 24, 1983 (age 33)
New York, US
Alma mater Claremont McKenna College
Stanford Law School
Occupation Businessperson, lawyer, journalist
Parent(s) Zalmay Khalilzad
Cheryl Benard
Relatives Maximilian Benard (brother)

Alexander Benard (born October 24, 1983) is an American businessman, lawyer, journalist and commentator on U.S. public policy.

Early life and education[edit]

Benard grew up in the U.S. and in Austria. He holds a BA from Claremont McKenna College and a JD from Stanford Law School.


Benard works as chief operating officer of Schulze Global Investments, a private equity firm focused on emerging and frontier markets. He used to be managing director of Gryphon Partners, a consulting and investment firm focused on the Middle East and Central Asia. Prior to that, he was a corporate lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, an international law firm, where he focused on cross-border transactions.[1]

He has written columns on U.S. foreign policy, domestic policy, and investing in emerging and frontier markets for Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, the National Review, World Affairs, the New York Post, Forbes, Policy Review, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy Digest, Foreign Policy, and World Politics Review. He has also spoken about frontier markets at numerous conferences including the annual BCA Conference and the IFC/EMPEA Global Private Equity Conference.

Benard has appeared on CNN's No Bias, No Bull with Campbell Brown.[2]

He has worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Department of Defense. He has also worked in the office of Senator Chuck Hagel.

Benard has conducted research for books written by two prominent foreign policy scholars: Larry Diamond's The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World;[3] and Dennis Ross's The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace.

He has been awarded several fellowships, including the Claremont Institute Publius Fellowship, the Freedom House Religious Freedom Fellowship, and the Foreign Policy Association John C. Whitehead Fellowship. He has also been named a Future Leader in Foreign Policy by the Foreign Policy Initiative and was also named to the Diplomatic Courier's Top 99 Under 33.


Alexander Benard is the son of Zalmay Khalilzad and Cheryl Benard.[4] Zalmay Khalilzad is an Afghan American foreign policy scholar and diplomat who most recently served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Cheryl Benard is an author and political scientist at the RAND Corporation and the founder of the Bamiyan Project, a non-profit organization seeking to rebuild the Bamiyan Buddhas.


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