Announced: Michael Møller

Posted on the 14th January 2016 by Sumeeta, Communications Coordinator


We are proud to announce our next speaker from our WES 2016 speaker lineup, Michael Møller!

Michael Møller is a Danish diplomat and the current Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Mr. Møller has over 35 years of experience as an international civil servant in the United Nations.

He began his career in 1979 with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where he served until 1984 in various positions as Programme Officer, Legal Officer, Assistant to the Director of the Division of International Protection, and Assistant Regional Representative. He worked with UNHCR in different capacities in New York, Iran, Mexico, Haiti and Geneva.

After leaving UNHCR, Mr. Møller has served in a number of senior advisory positions in the United Nations Secretariat. Between 1997 and 2001 he was the Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at United Nations headquarters in New York. Between 2001 and 2006 he was the Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary-General, while serving concurrently as Deputy Chief of Staff for the last two years of that period.

Mr. Møller also served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus from 2006 to 2008 and was the Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008 to 2011.

Born in 1952 in Copenhagen, Mr. Møller completed a Master’s course in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

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