Nic Hailey

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Executive Director

Nic Hailey CMG joined International Alert as Executive Director in September 2021. 

Prior to this role, he spent 24 years in the UK Diplomatic Service, most recently as a Director-General at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (responsible for the merger of the FCO and DFID); High Commissioner (i.e. UK Ambassador) to Kenya 2015-19; Africa Director 2013-15; and deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan 2012-13.  He previously served in UK embassies in Washington DC, Berlin and Paris as well as a range of roles in London.

Nic was educated at a Steiner Waldorf school, Cambridge University and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Paris).  He is British and French, married with two teenage children.