Alex Ryvchin was born in Kiev, Ukraine. His family left the Soviet Union as refugees in 1987, when Alex was three years old, and settled in Sydney, Australia. He studied law and politics before working in the state legislature and practising law at two of the world's largest firms, in Sydney and in London. He served as a spokesman for the Zionist Federation UK, and was awarded the prestigious Israel Research Fellowship to work as a research fellow and staff writer at a Jerusalem-based think-tank. In 2013 he returned to Australia and joined the Executive Council of Australian Jewry as Director of Public Affairs. A prominent speaker and writer on the Arab-Israeli conflict, foreign and national affairs, he writes for leading publications throughout the world and has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs. She currently resides in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.