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Alexander Stein, Ph.D.

Alexander Stein is an expert in human decision-making and behavior, and serves as an advisor to CEOs, senior management teams and boards. Trained and licensed as a psychoanalyst, he advises executives, founders and directors across a broad array of industries on issues involving leadership, culture, governance, ethics, risk, and other organizational matters with complex psychological underpinnings.

He is the Founder and Managing Principal of Dolus Advisors, a bespoke consultancy founded in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks to help business leaders address psychologically complex enterprise challenges beyond the capabilities of conventional business consulting. He is also a Principal in the Boswell Group, a psychodynamic management consulting group. 

In addition to his advisory work in organizational leadership, culture and governance, Dr Stein is an internationally regarded authority in human risk and the psychodynamics of fraud. He is frequently engaged as a specialist advisor in multijurisdictional serious fraud and grand corruption matters and also helps companies mitigate and address challenging institutional disturbances such as human factor vulnerabilities in cybersecurity and executive misconduct.

A passionate advocate for ethical and socially responsible technologies, Dr Stein sits on the advisory boards of several technology firms and also consults to companies that develop and deliver human-centered technologies—applications and services that assume decision-making functions in human affairs without human involvement or supervision—to mitigate unintended consequences to people, organizations and society.

Dr Stein is widely published and cited in the business press and varied industry publications, including Fast Company, INC, Financier Worldwide, Risk & Compliance, the Wall Street Journal, The FraudNet Report, among many others. A former monthly columnist for Fortune Small Business Magazine, CNN/Money, and CBS Business News covering the psychology of leadership and entrepreneurship, he currently contributes his expertise to Forbes focusing on the psychology of decision-making and unintended consequences in organizations and society.

An engaging and experienced public speaker adept at explaining complicated topics clearly and compellingly for any audience, Dr Stein is a frequent podcast and webinar guest, on-camera commentator, and keynote speaker and panelist at industry conferences and corporate events internationally.

Dr Stein was a conservatory-trained professional pianist. He gave his first piano recital at age 11 and concertized as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe until leaving his musical career to pursue graduate study at New School University and psychoanalytic training at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in NY where he is a senior member.