Her specialties include writing in social science, grant proposals, business proposals, and policy papers.
Her interests include business strategy proposals, international development papers, and negotiation strategy articles.
Bilan was a Political Science major who concentrated in European Comparative Politics. While completing her undergraduate degree, she worked with government agencies and local civil society organizations to solve public policy issues in the United States.
As a trained negotiator, Bilan used her professional skills to bridge the gap between academia and the field. She has provided a technical framework for practitioners in the field. For instance, she developed a risk mitigation matrix for professional and entry-level negotiators. This tool helps negotiators mitigate potential risks when making offers in negotiations.
Bilan conducted technical grant proposal writing for NGOs and NPOs. She developed security and contingency plans for capacity building projects in war-affected areas in the Middle East. In addition, she created Results-Based Management tools and logical frameworks for sustainable development projects at the United Nations.
Bilan has written extensive research and a case analysis on the conflict in the Eastern provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her case examined how stabilization and reconstruction missions from the United Nations impact the conditions of poverty and resilience for internally displaced persons in the DRC. She delivered her research to a heterogeneous audience at Columbia University in New York City.