Nic Hailey

Nic Hailey

Executive director
International Alert

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.


Community meeting in Myanmar
17 May 2022
On conflict and fragility, the UK government’s new International Development Strategy, published on Monday, says many of the right things. Yet the strategy misses a big opportunity to join the dots, and to look at the root causes of conflict.
Civilians fleeing the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, the scene of fierce fighting in recent weeks.
30 March 2022
It can be hard right now to look beyond the tragedy inside Ukraine. But the consequences are already being felt outside of the region of conflict. Here's a look at five wider concerns as the Ukraine crisis continues.