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.