Bill Clifford is president and chief executive officer of WorldBoston, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which engages the public in international affairs and promotes understanding and cooperation among all nations. Under his leadership since 2008, WorldBoston has designed professional exchange programs in the Boston area for delegations from 120 countries, connecting more than 1,000 emerging leaders in government, business, media, academia, science, and the arts with local counterparts in Massachusetts. The popularity of its events, featuring foreign policy practitioners and opinion leaders, is reflected in a doubling of this organization's membership, and new funding for a range of its educational initiatives, which are primarily aimed at high school students and teachers.
From 1991 to 2003, Clifford was a journalist covering finance and economics in Asia, where he launched news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong for multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch, and headed the Tokyo bureau of CNBC Asia. Later, he was an associate in research at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University and was associate director of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership. Currently, Clifford serves as a member of the Asia task force of the Massachusetts Port Authority, and is on a team advising the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority on a “tourism-plus” re-positioning of its role in economic development.
Clifford holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a BA from Tufts University, and a CEP from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.