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Jessica Alexander

    Professional affiliation

    Policy Editor, The New Humanitarian; Faculty, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

    Full Biography

    Jessica Alexander is a humanitarian aid professional with experience in operations, evaluation and policy. Her career includes global deployments spanning Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. She has conducted large scale evaluations, assessments and policy research for the UN, Red Cross and various NGOs on a range of humanitarian issues including: child protection, shelter, emergency education, coordination, accountability and humanitarian effectiveness. She has also overseen programming in Sudan, South Sudan and Haiti.

    Jessica is two-time Fulbright grantee who received the award to research Japan’s approach to disaster risk reduction in 2019 and the use of child soldiers in Sierra Leone in 2006. She received a Master of Public Health and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She is an editor at The New Humanitarian and teaches humanitarian affairs at numerous global universities. She has authored policy papers and mainstream articles about the humanitarian sector and is the author of “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid."