Alexander Mundt is Policy and Protection Officer for UNHCR in Darfur, Sudan. Before taking this in August 2009, Mr. Mundt was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow based at the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement in Washington DC. Before that, he completed a two-year assignment in Afghanistan, where he served as head of office for the northeastern region. Previous assignments for UNHCR have included work in Sierra Leone, Darfur, and South Sudan, where he focused on developing reintegration projects and protection initiatives for refugees and internally-displaced persons. His work on behalf of displaced persons has been profiled in The New York Times, BBC, and Reuters.
Prior to joining UNHCR, he worked for the International Rescue Committee in Burundi, Kosovo and Macedonia and as a program officer for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in Washington D.C. Mr. Mundt received his BA in history from George Washington University and an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1995, he conducted independent research at the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Uganda and has co-authored several articles on local governance, conflict management, transitional justice and forced migration. He is co-author with Susanne Schmeidl of the 2010 Brookings-Bern report “Beyond the Blanket: Toward More Effective Protection for Internally-Displaced Persons in Southern Afganistan.”