Alex Ebsary

Alex Ebsary

Senior Program Officer II
Middle East & North Africa, Iraq, Turkey, Education, Governance, Media, Technology

As a Senior Program Officer working on IREX’s programs in Iraq, Alex Ebsary provides planning and oversight on grants supporting the development of Iraq’s higher education sector.

This includes establishing and overseeing partnerships between American and Iraqi universities to develop Iraqi curricula, support youth activities, and more. Alex also produces the Visiting American Professionals program, a speaker series sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Baghdad aimed at engaging Iraqis with successful American professionals across a variety of sectors.

Alex joins IREX with nearly a decade of prior experience working on a range of issues in Iraq, including two years as a teacher in Erbil and nearly six years working with the Kurdistan Regional Government. Alex earned a master’s degree in Kurdish Studies from the University of Exeter where he focused on economic stability and food security in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He is proficient in Persian, Turkish, and Sorani Kurdish.

Outside of his work at IREX, Alex is passionate about cultural heritage preservation, particularly for vulnerable and displaced communities. In 2016, Alex co-founded Music in Exile (, a non-profit that records the music and stories of refugee musicians. He also worked with a Rohingya folklorist to publish a collection of Rohingya folktales ( told by refugees in camps in Bangladesh.