Bahlbi is a researcher and international development practitioner specializes in migration, human trafficking/smuggling, governance, post-conflict recovery and reconciliation, human security, capacity building, emergency response and community development. In the last 16 years, he has worked within and between the worlds of research, policy design and evaluation on issues related to humanitarian, political, logistical and methodological challenges confronting post-war governance and peacebuilding processes in Africa. Prior to joining CPRD, Bahlbi has worked with a broad spectrum of policy, development and humanitarian organizations in the Global North and South, including UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF and Red Cross in the areas of forced migration, emergency response, advocacy and project management. Bahlbi studied his undergraduate and graduate studies (B.A, M.A, PhD) in Sociology and Social Anthropology, International Development and Postwar Recovery Studies at the University of Asmara, Dalhousie University and the University of York.
He is a former member of the OCIC’s Board of Editors (Ontario Council of International Cooperation) and a current Executive Member of the International Council of African Study Group (ASG).