Alex received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Sussex in the U.K where his primary focus was on inequality within education systems. Following graduation he worked for the British Youth Council training young people in ways to participate in the political process and went on to work in a variety of schools in the U.K. His work for Project Hope, a small NGO based in Palestine taught him the tools necessary to engage with students who have grown up in a context of violence and disenfranchisement. He has also spent significant time teaching English in India and the U.S. These experiences made clear to him the inexorable link between education and development.
Alex joined the Peace Corps in 2012 in The Gambia and worked as a primary teacher trainer for 26 months assisting on a variety of projects predominantly in a small rural school. He lived in a small Wolof village called Ker Sait Maram in the Central River Region of The Gambia. Ker Sait Maram has a population of around 300 people and has no electricity and limited access to water.
Alex studied Development Practice at UC Berkeley, California, receiving intensive training in a set of cross-disciplinary competencies that prepared him to address the complexities of sustainable development. His courses in Impact Evaluation with Prof. Paul Gertler led him to help design a Randomized Control Trial for an educational NGO called Medha based in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Alex is currently studying at the Institute of Education at University College London and is focusing his research on how to best utilize RCTs in education systems in low income countries.