Alex is the program associate for the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, where he manages operations, grants and publications. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, labor markets, education and digital transformation in the region. He is the co-author of "Ready for Work: An Analysis of Workforce Asymmetries in the Middle East and North Africa," the Program's flagship report on the regional labor market, for which his team performed field research in Tunisia, Jordan, and Oman. He holds a Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Washington, with a focus in international development policy and management. He has lived in Jordan, where he conducted thesis research on local nonprofits involved in the refugee sector. Alex has also previously lived in Morocco and is professionally proficient in Arabic.