Christian Alexander


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I'm a lawyer, planner, researcher, writer, and sustainability advocate interested in building and maintaining sustainable, equitable, thriving communities. I wear a number of hats, but strategic projects that are environmentally-centered, technologically inquisitive, or socially transformative (or all three!) are the right fit for me. Born and raised in the U.S., I spend much of my time now in Cape Town, South Africa.

In the U.S. I work as an attorney for a boutique U.S. law firm where I focus on the development and operation of public transit and infrastructure projects, particularly rail transit and airports. My practice also covers other related areas, including land use and environmental law. In the past I've dabbled in technology, entrepreneurial, and international law.

I'm also a city and regional planner by training (University of Cape Town), and I hold a graduate-level certificate in renewable and sustainable energy studies (University of Colorado). In Cape Town, I am involved in promoting sustainable food and resource cycles in the city.

In 2018 I was privileged to work with colleagues at the University of Cape Town and the Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield, U.K., on studying drone technologies in Africa. My involvement took me on several research trips to Rwanda and Tanzania, where I interviewed a range of government and industry officials and observed drone systems in operation. Published outcomes should be available in 2019.

In the past I have: helped start up a social enterprise selling affordable solar-powered lights on the Navajo Reservation; worked in the non-profit world as an environmental policy advocate and community organizer; volunteered with several small community health organizations in Uganda and Tanzania; and studied the role of technology in modernization in the Global South.

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