Regional Director

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Ms Renate Held

Ms. Renate Held assumed her functions as IOM Regional Director for IOM's Regional Office covering South -Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia on 1 July 2020. She previously held the same function from 2011 to 2015. Her most recent role was at the IOM Headquarters in Geneva as Director for Migration Management. She has also served as Regional Representative for the Andean States in Lima, Peru, Regional Representative for the EU Member States and the Baltic States in Brussels, Belgium and as IOM Inspector General, responsible for oversight, project rapid assessment, audit, evaluation and investigation at IOM Headquarters in Geneva. Ms. Held also carried out various functions in the IOM country office in Bonn, Germany and participated in IOM operations in Turkey, Northern Iraq, Tanzania, Mozambique and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ms. Held holds a Master’s degree in Social Science from Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University, Bonn and a Diploma in Business Administration from the Commercial College of Siegburg, Germany. She speaks English, French, German and Spanish.