Alden received his M.A. in International Economic Relations from American University’s School of International Service where he concentrated in International Business and Trade. During his graduate studies, Alden worked in the Southeast Asia teams at Albright Stonebridge Group and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He was also an international trade policy intern at the American Enterprise Institute and held internships at Goldman Sachs and The Jakarta Globe. Alden was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and has spent over 15 years living in the United States and speaks Bahasa Indonesia. He received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College where he double majored in Economics and International Relations.