William Fisher has more than 30 years of work experience, both in the private and public sectors. He has served as a senior corporate manager and consultant to numerous major multinational companies, associations and financial institutions. In the public sector, he has worked extensively in industrialised and developing nations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa on a wide range of projects designed to stimulate private sector development..
During the administration of President John F. Kennedy, Fisher played a key role in designing and implementing the U.S. Export Expansion Programme, and served as a member of the White House Committee on Export Promotion. He was also a consultant to U.S. government agencies, including the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and to a number of governments and international organisations, including the United Nations, the European Union, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Japan.
Fisher retired from active overseas development work in 2003. Since then, he has written extensively on foreign policy, human rights, and the Middle East. In addition to his writing for IPS, he is a regular contributor to media outlets in the Middle East, United States, and numerous Internet websites.