Hedvig Christine Alexander grew up in Sønderborg, Denmark, and in Greenland before obtaining a BA from Copenhagen Business School and an MA from Yale University. She served at the Danish Embassy in Moscow, then as a UN military observer in Georgia. As an officer in the Danish Army Reserve, she came to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in 2002. She later worked for UNDP and was managing director of Peace Dividend Trust and Turquoise Mountain. Hedvig is now the founder of a social enterprise start up in Toronto.