Alexandra Chen (A.B., A.M., Ed.M., Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University) is a child protection and mental health specialist from Hong Kong working with refugees in conflict zones. Alexandra has worked over a decade to provide trauma therapy and education for war-affected and displaced children and their families in and from Palestine-Israel, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Cameroon, DRC, Myanmar, among others; most recently as advisor to UN agencies on the Syria crisis.
Alexandra has spoken every year at the World Economic Forum in Davos since 2011 on behalf of refugee children, and has been interviewed by NPR, Aljazeera, and other international news outlets. She is currently partnering with UN, NGO and government agencies to design early childhood and mental health programmes, and to provide therapy for victims of sexual violence, torture, and trafficking in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.
At Harvard, Alexandra serves as the Vice-President of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association, and is the Founder and Chair of the annual HAAA Refugee Fundraiser. Alexandra is completing her PhD on the neuropsychology of trauma and toxic stress and its impact on refugee children’s mental health and cognitive functioning. Alexandra speaks 10 languages, including Chinese, Arabic and French.