Alexander McLeanAlexander McLean graduated in July 2007 from the University of Nottingham. Since then he has been based in Kampala, establishing a team of local and international staff and volunteers to create the African Prisons Project (APP). Now APP has served more than 25000 people in prison in Uganda, Kenya and Sierra Leone and has been invited to begin work in a variety of other countries. APP establishes high quality, low cost health and education infrastructure in prisons, provides functional adult literacy and other training for prisoners and prisons staff, and develops leadership in prisons through supporting tertiary education.  Alexander received his Master of Laws from the University of London in March 2009 after studying by correspondence. He was called to the bar of England and Wales as a barrister in 2010. He is currently writing a PhD on issues relating to the death penalty.

Alexander has received several awards for his work.They include UK Charity Volunteer of the Year 2006, UK Young Philanthropist of the Year 2007, Overall Winner, Beacon Prize for Philanthropy 2007, University of Nottingham Alumni of the Year 2007, UK Graduate of the Year 2007, winner of the Vodafone World of Difference Prize 2008, winner of the 2011 Bert Thompson Award for Restorative Justice, one of the Devex Top 40 under-40 Leaders in International Development and a 2012 TEDGlobal Fellow. The African Prisons Project was a runner up in the New Charity of the Year category at the Charity Times Awards 2008. APP was the winner of the Clifford Chance 2011 Access to Justice Award.

Alexander is a Hardwicke and Lord Mansfield Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. He is the youngest Fellow of the Beacon Trust and a Magistrate on the Nottingham bench. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in October 2008. He was the first member of the University of Nottingham to be appointed an Alumni Laureate. He is a member of the Legal Committee of the International Corrections and Prisons Association. He is a member of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association.