Alexandra Balafrej-Dhorne is an experienced and highly-committed manager leading multidisciplinary and multicultural teams for international development organizations.
She is currently Country Director of IDinsight in Morocco and supports government and NGO leaders to use of rigorous, timely, and actionable data and evidence that can improve development policies and programs, maximize social impact, and improve lives.
She was previously the Chief of Party of the USAID Career Center program, a USAID-funded, $24 million, five-year initiative (2015-2020) seeking to improve youth employability in Morocco. Under Alexandra’s supervision, this workforce development project obtained ‘Exceptional’ ratings for quality and management in USAID CPARs.
Alexandra has worked collaboratively with public and private stakeholders including businesses, governmental institutions and international and national non-governmental partner organizations.
She has more than 15 years of work experience in basic and higher education (support to government on education reform, curricula development to improve relevance and quality of education, introduction of soft/life skills programs, teacher training and capacity programs), economic growth (workforce development, public-private partnerships, private sector engagement) and democracy/governance.
She has worked with a variety of donors including USAID, MCC, US Department of Labor, the EU, UN agencies (UNCTAD, UNESCO) and offers twenty years of management experience in various environments, both in the private sector and not-for-profit organizations.
In addition to leadership and management experience, Alexandra has strong technical expertise in business development, strategic communications, gender mainstreaming, monitoring and evaluation. She is a seasoned trainer, and her skill set also includes institutional capacity building and strategic planning.
Alexandra has held long-term assignments managing US government-funded projects and contracts in Morocco as well as programs in the philanthropic sector in Australia, France and Morocco. In addition, she has provided short-term technical assistance to development projects in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Morocco, Ukraine and Vietnam.
Alexandra has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Sciences-Po (Paris) and a Master’s Degree in Russian Studies from Sorbonne University. She speaks English, French, Moroccan Arabic and Russian.