Alex is Director of Polling and Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute responsible for the Lowy Institute's polling program on foreign policy and public opinion, including the annual Lowy Institute Poll and polling projects overseas. Alex's research interests in 2013 include Australia's diplomatic infrastructure, consular affairs, Australian and international public diplomacy and leadership in Asia. She has co-authored major studies for the Lowy Institute on Australia’s diplomacy including the 2011 Diplomatic Disrepair with Andrew Shearer, authored the policy brief Consular Conundrum in 2013 and provides regular commentary on consular affairs and diplomacy in Australian media.
Alex has given evidence at Parliamentary inquiries including the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's 2012 inquiry into Australia's overseas representation, and its 2011 inquiry on the DFAT Annual Report 2009-10. She is also conducting the Institute's ‘leadership mapping’ project tracing pathways to leadership in Asia, with the assistance of an Australian Research Council grant in conjunction with Griffith University and Yale University.
Before joining the Institute, Alex was a senior associate at Mallesons Stephen Jaques Solicitors in Sydney, specialising in intellectual property and consumer law. Prior to her career in law she was an account director and brand manager at multinationals Leo Burnett Advertising and Unilever.
Alex was the University Medallist in law at UNSW, has bachelor degrees in Law and Science and an A.Mus.A.