Alexander Papachristou became an ICIJ board member in 2017, and currently serves as secretary of the board.
Papachristou is Executive Director of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice where he leads the Good Governance program, providing pro bono legal representation to anti-corruption and investigative journalism organizations worldwide.
He previously served as president of the Near East Foundation, a participatory, community-based economic and social development organization working in Arab and African countries.
In an earlier business career, he was managing director and general counsel at NCH Capital, Inc, which invests in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; he lived in Russia from 1989 to 1993, where he opened and ran the Moscow office of White & Case and contributed to the Moscow Times. Papachristou also worked in the law firm of Clifford & Warnke in Washington, D.C. and was policy assistant to New York Governor Mario C. Cuomo. He served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama.
Papachristou is a member of the board of the Media Development Investment Fund and Pure Earth, as well as the advisory council of Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement. In late 2011, The New Press published Blind Goddess: A Race and Justice Reader, which Papachristou edited.Papachristou received an LLM and JD from Harvard Law School and an AB from Princeton University, as well as Arabic language training at the American University in Cairo.