Alex Whitebrook is a UWA undergraduate with a passion to make a difference in the field of water security. He has volunteered on projects with the UN Human Settlements Programme and has spent time travelling through rural Russia, Mongolia, China and North Korea where the issue of water insecurity is severe. Alex is passionate about increasing public awareness of global water insecurity in Australia and his experiences have motivated him to take action and raise awareness in his community.
Besides studying International Relations and Asian Studies, Alex has gained experience working with a variety of NGOs including Thirst, an education-focused NGO that teaches students the seriousness of the world water crisis; Future Directions International, a think tank that operates a Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme to which he is currently a contributor; and, the Perth USAsia Centre, another think tank focused more broadly on security issues in the Indo-Pacific Region.
For the past year Alex has studied Mandarin in Shanghai, where he also managed his self-initiated English teaching service for Chinese Students. Since returning to Perth, he has continued to strive toward his goal of influencing the field of water security.