Adviser (on leave)
Olga Abilova is an adviser in NOREF's Middle East and North Africa section. Before joining NOREF she led a humanitarian protection team working in the displacement camps around Mosul and supported the facilitation of local peace settlements in Iraq. Prior to this she worked with the UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and undertook research with the International Peace Institute on UN conflict response and peacebuilding strategies, with a focus on Mali and the broader Sahel region. She holds an MIA in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in International Studies from the University of Oslo.