Panelist for the High Level Segment (19 October 2017)

Clarissa Azkoul , Chief of Staff at the Office of the Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Clarissa Azkoul has been appointed in September 2017 as Chief of Staff of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency. The leading intergovernmental organization dealing with all aspects of human mobility, IOM is currently composed of 166 Member States, with over 10,000 staff in 450 locations in all regions of the world with an annual budget of USD 1.8 billion.

The Office of the Chief of Staff is the operational entity within the Office of the Director General (ODG) that acts as a catalyst for policy coordination and coherence, and provides support for the daily functions in the fulfillment of the Organization’s mandate. The Chief of Staff of IOM has an extensive portfolio covering a range of responsibilities to ensure that the strategic direction of the Organization and mandate is effectively managed and implemented. The office also facilitates the development and strengthening of IOM’s management capacity and ensures that Headquarters and Field structures respond adequately to the expectations from various stakeholders.

Throughout her career she has had a special focus on issues concerning migrant women and at present is the IOM Senior Focal Point on Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).

A national of Uruguay, she is married and has two sons. Fluent in English, Spanish and French, she has a degree in International Relations and an MA in Human Resources Management.