Alexander Benard is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Managing Partner of SGI Frontier Capital, a private equity firm managing several hundred million dollars across various frontier markets in Asia and Africa. Mr. Benard leads the firm's worldwide activities and sits on its investment and credit committees. He previously was a Managing Director at Gryphon Partners, an advisory and investment firm focused on the Middle East and Central Asia. Prior to Gryphon, he worked as an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb, where he specialized in cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and private equity transactions. Mr. Benard is an active commentator on U.S. foreign policy. He has published articles in Foreign Affairs, World Affairs, the National Interest, Foreign Policy, and the Wall Street Journal, among others, and has appeared on CNN and Voice of America. Mr. Benard holds a Bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School.