Alex Kuch was born in Romania in 1995 and was adopted in 1997 from an orphanage in Cluj- Napoca, Romania by a German couple. He also has a younger brother adopted from Romania by the same family. The family moved to New Zealand in 2006.
Alex is the leading voice for children’s rights in New Zealand and he seeks to reopen international adoptions from Romania, which have been closed since 2003. There are currently approximately 70 thousand orphans in Romanian institutions.
Alex studies International Relations & Politics and Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is a Youth Ambassador for a New Zealand NGO: the Leprosy Mission NZ. He travelled with 7 others on a full scholarship to Nepal in 2016 to see the humanitarian work being undertaken by this group.
He is actively involved in civil societies, contributing his unique experiences and passions. This includes the youth accredited organisation of the United Nations (Model-UN) and AIESEC, the world’s largest youth movement to engage in cross-cultural dialog and to promote world peace. AIESEC is also a partner of the United Nations. In addition to this Alex is an active member of Toastmasters International, a world renowned organisation that he utilises to challenge himself and grow in his public speaking career and leadership abilities.
Furthermore Alex has completed an Internship for one of New Zealand’s leading humanitarian aid and development organisations, Tearfund, where he researched gender-based violence prevention methods in Nepal in a post-disaster context. This included providing practical recommendations for implementation. Alex suggested using innovation technological approaches using gaming and Virtual reality.
He is in the process of setting up a global youth working group for youth to share their experiences of being adopted at the UN and will be speaking about this as a keynote speaker at the Global Changenakers Forum in Switzerland this year, which is supported by the UN and World Economic Forum. ( learn more about his trip)
In 2018, he aspires to undertake his Masters in Conflict and Peace Studies. Where he desires to gain the skills and expertise to research: What is the relationship between global institutionalisation of Children and human rights abuses such as trafficking through working in collaboration of a recognised global non-governmental organisation.