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Alex Howland, Ph.D

Co-Founder & President
Greater San Diego Area

Alex Howland, Ph.D., is president and co-founder of VirBELA – an immersive technology platform that’s redefining the future of business, events and education. Alex created VirBELA in 2012, before it was purchased and made public by eXp World Holdings in 2018. 

VirBELA builds virtual worlds that help organizations bring their business and in-person experiences to life online. Alex leads the development of VirBELA’s products and services, continuing to expand the platform to accommodate not just business workspaces, but classrooms, event spaces, and recreational areas as well.    

Prior to co-founding VirBELA, Alex was an instructor in the Psychology Department at University of California, San Diego, where he taught Industrial and Organizational Psychology to undergraduate students. His expertise in organizational psychology gives him a unique perspective on creating virtual work and education spaces. He designed VirBELA specifically to create a unique virtual experience, where users feel psychologically safe and are more likely to collaborate, brainstorm and succeed.   

Alex has a bachelor of science in psychology from Providence College, and his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego.