Alden is the co-founder and Director of Program Development at Visual Voices, which aims to combine traditional arts-based peace building activities with substantive peace advocacy campaigns for a better future. He has a MSSc in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University Department of Peace and Conflict Research in Sweden, where he was a Rotary Peace Fellow. He received a BA in International Studies from the University of Oregon, in the U.S.
His professional experience has focused on project management for international community development initiatives in Honduras, Mozambique, the Middle East, and Cyprus. He is passionate about community development, community involvement, peacebuilding, and youth.
“As a US Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, I started working with an organization that used music to promote health education and awareness. I saw how much the youth loved it, how proud they were of what was created, how engaging it was for their audience, and how much of an impact it was able to have. This is when I truly understood the power of art and I have embraced it ever since.”