Alex Cottin


Driven by a blend of academic, personal and professional experiences, Alex believes in leveraging public and private partnerships as an important change agent which can help bring about sustainable and peaceful social change.   With over a decade of experience as an international development professional, Alex has focused his career in strategic planning, fundraising and communications in humanitarian, political, public and private sectors.

He is currently the Associate Director of Partnerships at Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization which works to save the lives of malnourished children in 45 countries while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.  In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and creating relationships that lead to support from corporate and foundations sources.

Prior to this, Alex was the Director of Partnerships at PCI Media Impact, a 30 year old NGO and leader in the field of Entertainment-Education and creative communication for social change.  In this capacity, Alex managed the organization’s Communications and Development departments, working side by side with local staff and partners across 30 countries.  He also served as Regional Director for Merlin USA, an international medical relief organization. In this role, he oversaw the development, management and implementation of the West Coast growth strategy as well as the overall communication structure nationwide.  He was part of Merlin’s emergency response in Haiti and helped support its programs in Kenya, Liberia and South Sudan.  

Alex has always had a profound interest in international development and humanitarian initiatives. Having worked in the public, private and humanitarian sectors for the past decade, he has led and coordinated projects in a number of high impact environments both domestically and internationally, with a strong focus in the areas of communications, development and strategic planning.

Alex is a dual citizen of France and the United States. He has lived, studied and worked in the States, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. He holds a BA with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (in International Studies and Economics) and an MA in International Development from Sciences-Po, Paris.  Alex is a United Nations Alliance on Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellow as well as a Rotary Peace Fellow, with a professional development degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.   He is a State Finalist in pole vaulting – an experience from which he has learned to constantly challenge the status quo, attempting to take his personal and professional lives to new heights on a daily basis!