I am a freelance writer, author, and PhD student who has written for the New York Times, National Geographic, Business Insider, WIRED, Observer, Investopedia, and the Financial Times Press. I lived in China for five years and am one of the few westerners who has visited North Korea. My graduate work currently looks at cryptocurrencies and behavioral economics.

I am the author of Marijuana Medicine, a National Geographic special edition issue on medical cannabis, released in late 2019. I wrote major sections of National Geographic’s The Civil War: A Traveler’s Guide. My writing also appeared in National Geographic’s Atlas of The Civil War special issue magazine.

I am the author of the Zika Prevention Handbook, published by Skyhorse in October 2016. I’m the co-author of Shock Markets, published by the Financial Times Press. A Chinese edition of Shock Markets was released in autumn 2015.

I was shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2020.


With Kristin Wong, I co-founded Come Write With Us.

I am also the founder of Poetry Culture.

I created Take Risks Be Happy, an online magazine for creatives, travelers, and entrepreneurs.

I release music as Lonely Singles.


I graduated with a degree in International Business from the University of Hong Kong. I am currently pursuing a PhD from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

get in touch: alex (at) alxndrwbb.com