Development environment


Alexandra Bilak


Alexandra is the Director of IDMC. She has over fifteen years' experience with international NGOs and research institutes in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa working on strategy, policy development and programme design and delivery. Alexandra has directed a number of projects on forced migration in conflict and post-conflict contexts, and has published extensively on these themes. Since 2014, she has led IDMC’s policy and research on displacement in the context of conflict and violence, natural hazard-related disasters and development projects. She has particular interest in understanding the drivers of protracted and chronic internal displacement, and in finding policy and programmatic approaches to displacement that offer real solutions to IDPs and bridge the gap between prevention and risk reduction, humanitarian action and sustainable development.

Alexandra lived and worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya from 2004 to 2014, and has worked extensively across Central, East and West Africa. She holds a Master's degree in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and a DEA in African Studies and Political Science from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Alexandra is fluent in French and English.