Albert Cho is Xylem’s Vice President for Strategy and Business Development. Since joining Xylem in 2013, he has been responsible for corporate and business strategies, market intelligence, and business development activities across the global ~$4 billion enterprise.
Before Xylem, Cho served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the United States Department of State, where he was a White House Fellow and served on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he was an executive at Cisco Systems, where he led strategy and innovation projects applying information technology to environmental challenges, including development of a new remote sensing-based system for monitoring deforestation.
Cho also worked at McKinsey & Company, where he helped found the Sustainability and Resources Practice and advised clients in the aerospace, industrial, high tech and financial sectors on growth strategy and risk management. He also served at the United Nations with Undersecretary General Jeffrey Sachs on a global plan for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Cho has volunteered as a strategic advisor to the Nobel Prize-winning Green Belt Movement in Kenya and as a consultant to the World Resources Institute.
Albert has lived, worked or traveled in over 70 countries, including extended periods supporting financial sector reform in Libya, health system reform in the United Kingdom, and low carbon development planning in Guyana. He is a Rhodes and a Truman Scholar, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was a Visiting Business Fellow at Oxford. He received an M.Sc in development economics and an M.B.A. with distinction from Oxford, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College.