Team Leader, India
As Senior Team Leader of the inaugural program in India, Alexander is responsible for leading a cohort of fellows and managing relationships with host families, apprenticeship supervisors, and other key stakeholders. Drawing on a decade of experience in cultural programming, international education, strategic communications, and small business management, he also plays a lead role in developing systems, cultivating partnerships, and designing leadership training curriculum that will help position the program for growth.
Alexander began his career as an English teacher at international schools in France and Italy. Drawn to the field of international education and cultural diplomacy, he went on to work for Global Ties U.S., where he helped implement a government-funded professional exchange program for hundreds of emerging leaders from around the world. In 2013, at UNESCO New Delhi, he contributed to the development of Punjab’s Cultural Heritage Policy aimed at empowering the Punjabi community on both sides of the India-Pakistan border to collaborate in safeguarding their common cultural heritage. Alexander later worked at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, designing and managing the mission’s cultural programs, coordinating various government-funded exchanges, and assisting with public diplomacy efforts to share information about U.S. foreign policy. Most recently, as an AIF William J. Clinton Fellow, Alexander developed a comprehensive digital communications strategy for Central Square Foundation, a Delhi-based venture philanthropy fund and policy think tank focused on improving the quality of school education in India.
Fluent in seven languages, Alexander holds a B.A. in French and European Studies from the University of Arkansas. He also graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Piano Performance, which he earned at music conservatories in Russia and Italy and at the University of Arkansas Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. He earned an M.A. in International Relations and European Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where his research examined the role of exchange programs in enhancing U.S. foreign relations, particularly in the face of ideological conflicts during the Cold War and the Global War on Terror.
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