Alex Heath is Edelman’s US Head of Social Impact & Sustainability. Alex is a strategic counselor operating at the nexus of purpose, corporate responsibility, social impact, sustainability, ESG, and communications and stakeholder engagement, with a focus on the role of business in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
At Edelman Alex leads social impact strategy and sustainability campaigns for multinational companies and foundations, including eBay, Foot Locker, Samsung Mobile, Starbucks, and Under Armour.
He serves as senior counselor to leading companies, brands, foundations, and nonprofits, designing and implementing social impact and sustainability programming and the engagement campaigns to bring those programs to life in a way that builds trust between business and society.
Alex is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer; he spent two years in northeast Thailand, working with local government agencies engaging young people on health and migration issues. Staying in Southeast Asia, Alex moved to MTV EXIT, MTV International’s global anti-human trafficking behavior change campaign. Based in Bangkok with responsibilities across more than 20 countries in Asia, he built strategic partnerships with NGOs and government agencies to support their essential work in addressing the root causes of trafficking in the region, produced concerts and original content, and managed digital and social media strategy.
Beyond the many businesses Alex has partnered with in his career, he’s also worked with (or for) hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Asia, Europe, Latin America & the United States; government agencies across Asia including those in Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam; and development and multilateral agencies like AusAID, ILO, IOM, UNODC, UNICEF and USAID.
Alex has lived, studied and worked in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He holds a MSc Development Studies from The London School of Economics, where he wrote his thesis on public-private partnerships in water service delivery, and a BA from Marywood University, where he played varsity basketball. Alex is bilingual in English and Thai.