Chief of IOM Greece

Daniel Esdras

Daniel Esdras is serving as Chief of International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Greece since 1998.

Experience in Greece

He has started his career in IOM as Operations Officer in the Greek Mission in 1987. 

From 2007 till today he was a regular member of the Special Preparatory Committee for Combating Human Trafficking, set up by the Ministry of Justice, tasked with proposing legislative amendments with the aim to improve the assistance provided to the victims and planning educational activities for law enforcement personnel. 

From 2001 and for one year he was a regular member of the Task Force for Combating Human Trafficking (OKEA), set up by the Ministry of Public Order, which resulted in law 3064/2002, the first legal instrument in Greece for combating trafficking in persons.

International experience

From 1996 to 1999 he served as Chief of the IOM Missions in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1996) and FYROM (1999) as one of the IOM Officers, responsible for the elections in Bosnia and Kosovo, in the framework of the “Out of Country Voting Program”, in cooperation with OSCE. 

In 1995 he has also been the General Coordinator of the Humanitarian Programs in Northern Caucasus during the Chechnya war in 1995. During his ten-year experience abroad, he got specialized in crisis management and anti-trafficking programs.


  • 1986-1989 Sussex University, UK, M.A. International Relations
  • 1982-1983 Sussex University, UK, Diploma Public Relations
  • 1980 LaSalle University, USA, Diploma, Business Management
  • 1974-1977 Ohio State University, USA B.Sc. Aviation