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Chief of Mission and Regional Response Coordinator

Gianluca Rocco


Gianluca Rocco after completing his studies in International Law and having served with the United Nations in Africa, in 1997 joined the OSCE working on Election issues in the Western Balkans.

At the end of 1999, he joined IOM, with whom he has served in Serbia, Belgium, Jordan Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece working as Programme Manager, Head of Implementation of Management Services, Senior Regional Return Policy Officer, Chief of Mission and Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans. Since 2016, he has been working as Regional Response Coordinator in IOM Greece.

During his professional career, Mr. Rocco has worked on assisting different government institutions with capacity-building and technical cooperation activities as well as on issues related to border management, refugees, asylum seekers, assisted voluntary return, counter-trafficking, de-radicalization and migrants’ rights. Since 2006 he has also worked on Security Sector Reform, contributing to the development of Organization’s cooperation with NATO. Mr. Rocco has 18 years of experience in the South East Europe region. From November 2017 he is also the Chief of IOM Greece Mission.







                         CURRICULUM VITAE OUTLINE


2017 – to present

Chief of Mission
IOM Athens, Greece

2016 – to present

Regional Response Coordinator
IOM Athens, Greece

2013 - 2016

Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans
IOM Sarajevo, Belgrade, Podgorica, Pristina, Skopje, Tirana

2011 – 2016

Chief of Mission
IOM Sarajevo, BiH

2006 - 2011

Deputy Chief of Mission
IOM Belgrade, Serbia

2005 - 2006

Team Leader Regional EU Programme
Belgrade, Serbia

2004 - 2005

Senior Regional Return Policy Officer – IOM Iraq
IOM Amman, Jordan

2002 - 2004

Head, implementation and Management Services
IOM Brussels, Belgium

1999 - 2002

Programme Coordinator
IOM Belgrade and Podgorica, Serbia & Montenegro

1997 - 1999

Director, Out of Country Voting
OSCE Mission to BiH Sarajevo, Belgrade, Podgorica, Zagreb