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Alex Morris
Washington, United States
B.S. Economics | Multilingual (English, Arabic, Kurdish) | Data Analyst | International Development | Economic Theory and Practice | Energy Economics | Active TS/SCI Clearance | Willing to relocate | 6 years in Naval Intelligence
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Area of Expertise:
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

United States Navy | Fort Gordon, GA
Senior Linguist, Analyst, and Product Reporter 08/2008 – 08/2014

• Acted as point of contact on multiple projects for leadership, partners, and customers.
• Managed ten analysts, delegated and coordinated tasks to efficiently meet time sensitive targets.
• Created PowerPoint presentations with graphs, charts, and narrative information and presented them to leadership on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
• Coordinated and streamlined production between analysts, linguists, and reporters.
• Maintained file systems and file documents to ensure training compliance.
• Ensured quality control for translation products, written reports, and data analytics.
• Became a subject matter expert in Iraqi, Kurdish, and Syrian governmental and conflict issues.
• Discovered and developed new areas to research and report upon.
• Developed and worked on numerous projects simultaneously. Oversaw projects from initial discovery to finished product using metadata, geospatial, linguistic, and cultural analysis.
• Translated and transcribed complex foreign language information from both voice and text from Arabic and Kurdish into English to a high degree of accuracy.
• Drafted over 60 intelligence reports over several years by gathering large quantities of information, organizing it, and using it to construct a coherent narrative.

The George Washington University | Washington, DC
Research Assistant for Dr. Joutz 01/2016 – 09/2016

• Researched, compiled, and summarized academic literature relating to the economics of energy security.
• Created and maintained an Excel database of academic literature.
• Populated macroeconomic data in Excel with dozens of variables and thousands of entries.
• Used Excel to clean and format data for use in statistical software, visualize them with statistical graphs and charts, and preform econometric analysis.

Education:
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

The George Washington University | Washington, DC

Comedy in Iraq 08/2014 – 12/2014

• Researched and complied jokes, sitcoms, and satire in Iraq using primary sources in Iraqi Arabic and Kurdish.
• Analyzed the kinds of jokes told and by whom throughout Iraq’s sectarian divide and categorized them based on substance and tone.
• Used academic literature to examine humor’s place in identity and division between groups.
• Reviewed how Iraqi humor both exacerbates tensions between the sectarian divide and helps create a national identity.

Econometrics 07/2015– 12/2015

• Sought to discover what effect locations of bike share sites have on property values in the DC metro area.
• Compiled and cleaned housing data from government databases.
• Created new variables and dummy variables from data set using STATA and EXCEL.
• Built an econometric model incorporating state fixed effects and tested the hypothesis under OLS in STATA.
• Reviewed statistical methodology to find ways to improve accuracy.
• Concluded that proximity to bike share locations is statistically insignificant to property values.
• Presented the conclusion in a short paper, describing in plain language the results of the experiment, the methods used, and the limitations of the experiment.

International Trade Theory and Policy 05/2016 – 12/2016

• Applied trade and energy market economic theory to predict the possible effects of announced cut in production from OPEC member countries.
• Built a simple supply and demand model in Excel showing OPEC’s desired effects assuming the industry standard of perfectly inelastic demand in the short run and an artificial shift in supply as supply is restricted
• Demonstrated the limitation of this strategy using Marc Melitz and Paul Krugman’s new trade theory on how firms decide to enter and exit the energy market, specifically for U.S. shale producers.
• Predicted that OPEC’s ability to restrict supply of crude and raise its global price is limited by the U.S. shale producers’ ability to enter the market at a higher price and by its members’ temptations to cheat.

Censorship in Arab Cinema 01/2017 – 05/2017

• Sought to discover how censorship laws in Middle Eastern countries influence the public narrative.
• Drafted a review of changing official positions from Egypt, Algeria, and Syria throughout the decades, the censorship laws in place, and the types of films released by the countries.
• Discussed the interplay between the state, the economy, and the film industry in the creation of cinema.
• Demonstrated how strict censorship laws and enforcement influence the media and promote state ideals.


Senior Thesis 01/2017 – 05/2017

• Used economic and public policy theory and regional analysis to develop policy recommendations to promote sustainable water consumption in Jordan.
• Provided an academic literature review of water economics, focusing on agricultural demand and pricing models.
Affiliations and Achievements:
SKILLS/ACTIVITIES
Technical: Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint (advanced); STATA (proficient); SAS (Beginner); R (Beginner)
Languages: Modern Standard Arabic (Fluent); Iraqi Arabic (Fluent); Sorani Kurdish (Fluent)
Interests: Extensive experience traveling and living in foreign countries, having been to over 25 countries since the age of five. Amateur folk-rock bassist, jazz trombonist, and classical pianist.

United States Navy:

I served as expert in linguistics in Arabic and Sorani-Kurdish and analyzing data sets. Primarily, my responsibility was to collect, analyze and exploit foreign language communications of interest in order to identify, locate and monitor worldwide threats. I was also tasked with analyzing complex networks and numerous different data sets to find signals in the noise and expand the scope and efficiency of our mission. In addition, I was responsible for the composition of highly time sensitive reports designed to provide pertinent intelligence to our customers as accurately and timely as possible.

Awarded Joint Service Achievement Medal:
Cryptologic Technician Interpretive Second Class Alexander T. Morris, United States Navy, distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious achievement while assigned to the Signals Intelligence Directorate of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Georgia, from June 2009 to August 2014. Petty Officer Morris contributed to over 100 intelligence reports and received more than 100 laudatory comments from multiple national and international agencies. He led a team of Language Analysts, ensuring the continuity of the team's mission. Petty Officer Morris qualified as a subject matter expert on two high visibility missions and provided structured, on-the-job training to more than 30 journeymen language analysts. He became the only language analyst in the Division to qualify as a SIGINT Geospatial Analyst. Petty Officer Morris was repeatedly recognized for his hard work and selected as the Division Military Performer of the Quarter for Second Quarter 2012. The distinctive accomplishments of Petty Officer Second Class Morris while serving his country reflect credit upon himself, the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, the United States Navy, and the Department of Defense.

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    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Bachelors
    Languages:
    English, Arabic, Kurdish
    Nationality:
    United States
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-morris-57316094/
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