Filip Hilgert holds degrees in Classical Philology, Archaeology and Italian Studies. After his studies he was a researcher and lecturer at KULeuven University, where he concentrated on archaeological topographic survey in South Italy. Later on he was the political correspondent for the Belgian newspaper “De Morgen” in Italy. He also worked as a translator, interpreter and editor in Italy as well as in Belgium. His experience as a topographer made him familiar with GIS software applications. With IPIS he capitalises on that knowledge, and on his experience as a researcher, in the project “Mapping Conflict Motives in War Areas”. He also edits and translates IPIS papers and reports.
Filip Hilgert is currently on an assignment for the United Nations, as Information Manager to the UN mission in Libya.