Policy and Research

Avigail Shai

Political Adviser


Avigail is IDMC`s political adviser.  She provides policy advice, coordinates strategic planning on engagement with key stakeholders, and identifies opportunities for IDMC to contribute to and influence policy processes relating to internal displacement.

She previously worked as an Australian diplomat for eight years, serving overseas in Zimbabwe (also covering the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Laos, and at headquarters focusing on human rights policy development, Chinese politics and strategic communications. Avigail has also worked as a child protection officer at UNICEF Nepal, as a legal researcher at the NSW Supreme Court and the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre in India, and on evidence law reform and indigenous land rights policy in Australia.

Avigail holds a Master of International Affairs from the Australian National University and Bachelor degrees in Law and International Studies from the University of New South Wales. She is fluent in English and Hebrew.

avigail.shai@idmc.ch