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A promoter of open society values, Alex Soros graduated from New York University in 2009 with a BA in history and received his PhD in 2018 from the University of California, Berkeley.


Alex Soros is the Deputy Chair of the Open Society Foundations, an organization that works to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. Mr. Soros is also the founder of The Alexander Soros Foundation and the Founding Chair of Bend the Arc Jewish Action.

Mr. Soros received his Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of California, Berkeley where he wrote his doctoral thesis work of history and philosophy, Jewish Dionysus: Heine, Nietzsche and the Politics of Literature. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College, an Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University in Budapest, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute Für Die Wissenschaften Vom Menschen (IWM) in Vienna.

Mr. Soros’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, the New York Daily News, Reuters, Politico, the Miami Herald, the Sun-Sentinel, Place, the Forward, and the Sür International Journal of Human Rights, among other publications.

Alexander Soros Foundation


Press Release: Filipino Indigenous Rights Activist Rene Pamplona is the recipient of the 2018 Alexander Soros Foundation Award for Environmental and Human Rights Activism.

Filipino Defender Receives Prestigious Alexander Soros Foundation Award – As Indigenous Activists Mark A Year Since Army Massacre

Mindanawon Activist Wins Global Alexander Soros Award

Filipino Defender Receives Prestigious Alexander Soros Foundation Award


Press Release: Brazilian Environmental Activist Receives Alexander Soros Foundation Award

Photo Gallery: ASF Award 2017 Ceremonies

Video: ASF Award 2017 Ceremonies


Press Release: Papua New Guinea Villager Receives Major Environment and Human Rights Award for Protecting Forests from Corrupt Timber Trade with China

Photo Gallery: ASF Award 2016 Ceremonies

Video: ASF Award 2016 Ceremonies


Press Release: Alexander Soros Foundation Honors Two Activists For Risking Their Lives to Protect The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park

Photo Gallery: ASF Award 2015 Ceremonies

Video: ASF Award 2015 Ceremonies

Global Witness Report: Drillers in the Mist


Press Release: Alexander Soros Foundation Honors Fallen Peruvian Rainforest Defenders

Photo Gallery: ASF Award 2014 Ceremonies (pw: 2014AWARD)

Video: ASF Award 2014 Ceremonies

Global Witness Report: Peru’s Deadly Environment


Press Release: Alexander Soros Foundation annual Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Environmental and Human Rights Activism given posthumously to Cambodian activist, Chut Wutty


Press Release: The Alexander Soros Foundation Honors Activist Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor


The Impact of Drug Policy on the Environment

Blood, Sweat and Trees: The Story of Saweto, Directed by Robert Curran

If Not Us, Then Who?, Directed by Handcrafted Films

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