Associate Director, Haiti Research and Policy Program
Alex Fischer is the Associate Director of the Haiti Research and Policy Program within the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development. Alex also serves as a Program Manager with the Center on International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). Alex’s research focuses on natural resource management in fragile states and has focused specifically on designing and launching integrated socio-economic and environmental monitoring platforms linked to decision-support tools in these contexts. While at the Earth Institute he has supported regional and national government agencies in Haiti, Abu Dhabi, and other locations, as they integrate environmental performance indicators into their policy-making processes. As a part of the Haiti Program he coordinates EI efforts to design sustainable development strategies and watershed management programs in Haiti.
Alex’s previous work focused on groundwater management in post-conflict Lebanon while a research fellow at the American University of Beirut and later as a Global Fellow at the Global Fund for Environment and Conflict Resolution at the Center for International Conflict Resolution. He was a 2011 Fine Fellow for Giga-pixel Imagery at Carnegie Mellon. Alex coauthored a chapter, ”Designing Environmental Restoration Programs in a Politically Fragile States: Lessons from Haiti,” along with Marc A. Levy, in Strengthening Post-Conflict Security and Diplomacy, edited by Carl Bruch, 2012.
Alex received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and completed his undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University.