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    UNIS/BIO/1278
    22 July 2020

    Permanent Representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) presents credentials

    (Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

    VIENNA, 22 July (UN Information Service) - The new Permanent Representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the United Nations (Vienna), Renate Held, presented her credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Ghada Waly.

    During her career, Ms. Held has served in various capacities, among them:

    Director for Migration Management, IOM Headquarters, Geneva (2016-2020); Regional Director at the IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Vienna (2011-2016); Regional Representative, IOM Mission with regional functions for the Andean States, Lima (2010-2011); Inspector General, responsible for oversight, project rapid assessment, audit, evaluation and investigation at the IOM Headquarters, Geneva (2000-2009); Regional Representative, IOM Mission with regional functions for the EU Member States and the Baltic States, Brussels (1998-1999); and various functions in the IOM Bonn field mission in Germany and participation in IOM operations in Turkey, Northern Iraq, Tanzania, Mozambique and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1987-1998).

    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.

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