Alex Parkinson is a Researcher in the Corporate Leadership division of The Conference Board. He specializes in corporate philanthropy and sustainability, and is the Executive Editor of Giving Thoughts, a blog and online publication series in which The Conference Board engages corporate philanthropy experts in an open dialogue about topical issues of concern to member companies, and Framing Social Impact Measurement, a report that responds to the growing demand for information on evaluating the performance of grants. Before joining The Conference Board in September 2013, Alex worked as a Senior Consultant in London and New York for corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancy Context. He has advised some of the world’s leading multinationals on CSR communications and strategy development. His clients included Bloomberg, Brown-Forman, BSkyB, Burt's Bees, Cisco, HP, International Paper, PepsiCo, Roche, Standard Chartered, Syngenta, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Vodafone. Alex spent two years after graduating university working as a reporter and sub-editor for UK-based financial media companies VRL KnowledgeBank and Vitesse Media. His stories appeared in publications including Business XL, Information Age, International Accounting Bulletin, The Accountant, and What Investment. Alex holds a BSc in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.