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Alexander has served with the United Nations for over 20 years covering a wide range of senior management and advisory functions in aid and political affairs in conflict settings. His UN mission assignments have included Baghdad, Kabul, Jerusalem, Kathmandu and Beirut, where he served most recently as Principal Political Advisor and Chief of Staff for Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon.
Prior to his UN career, Alex worked as a researcher and analyst for the Foreign Affairs and Defense committees of the Parliament of Canada, and for the London bureau of the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper. In addition, he has undertaken policy and evaluation consultancies with the UN, the European Commission, thinktanks and NGOs. His published work has focused mainly on the interactions between politics and aid.
Alex holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, and lives in Athens, Greece.