Alex was born in Athens in 1973. He is happily married and father of three children. He is a former mariner and he currently lives in Macedonia of Northern Greece at the 11th cent. byzantine city of Drama. The ancient roman battlefield of Filippoi lies 20km to south, while Amphipolis where the Spartan polemarch Vrasidas fought and died together with his opponent the Athenian Cleon is 30km away to southwest. The Metaxas Line lies 25 km north and especially the fortification complex of Lisse in which ferocious battles took place between the Greek defenders and the German XVIII Mountain Corps and XXX Army Corps commanded by the German General Wilhelm von List.
He is a booklover and a student of the Hellenic open univercity at the course of "Greek Civilization".
He is the co-designer of the boardgame 'Byzantio'. The word "Byzantine" was created by the German historians during the 18th century to help them distinguish the two roman empires (east/west). The actual historic word is "East roman empire", the inhabitants of that time called them selves Romans and not Byzantines.