Alex Howland

Member Since 2021

Alex Howland

Co-Founder and President


San Diego Area

Alex Howland, Ph.D., is president and co-founder of Virbela, a virtual world platform for work, learning, and events. Howland created Virbela in 2012, before it was purchased and made public by eXp World Holdings in 2018. Virbela’s mission is to help organizations and people thrive in a remote-first future. 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.


January 25th, 2023

Metaverse trends, predictions, and advice for 2023

Leading organizations that prioritize technology investments are likely to be in a far more advanced position at the end of 2023 than they are now.

July 13th, 2022

How the metaverse can end work silos and surface innovation

Unlock this level of collaboration and you can transform performance across your entire company. Everyday sticking points become more fluid. Insights gain context. Groundbreaking ideas flare and catch wind.

August 27th, 2021

Three meaningful ways to connect your hybrid workforce

Regardless of whether employees are in the office, working from home, or a little bit of both, they each deserve an equal chance to feel like they are a part of the organizational community.

June 3rd, 2021

Three soft skills leaders need for hybrid work environments

Whether the future is remote-first or hybrid, the past year of change has shown that it is more important than ever to stay focused on these soft skills.



Virbela builds engaging virtual worlds for work, learning, and events. Founded in 2012 by a team of behavioral psychologists, Virbela’s mission is to help organizations and people thrive in a remote-first future. With immersive 3D spaces that are deeply social and collaborative, Virbela brings business and in-person experiences to life online, while enabling teams to be more connected and productive.


  • Virtual Workforce
  • Education
  • Events