Alexandra Gillies is an expert on oil sector corruption and the author of the book Crude Intentions: How Oil Sector Corruption Contaminates the World. Other recent work has focused on the Nigerian oil sector, national oil companies, commodity trading, and promoting transparency standards including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). She has authored academic articles on related topics and co-edited the volume Smart Aid for African Development (Lynne Reiner, 2009).
Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge where she researched the political economy of the Nigerian oil sector. She spent 2008 in Nigeria as a Fulbright Fellow. Prior to joining NRGI, she consulted for the World Bank, DFID, USAID and several political risk firms. She served as assistant director of the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. Alexandra also holds degrees from the University of Ghana and Emory University.
At NRGI, Alexandra manages the organization’s anticorruption programs and advises on strategy development, research products and advocacy campaigns. Follow her on Twitter @acgillies.