Director, IOM Office to the United Nations, New York


Ashraf El Nour is the Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Office to the United Nations in New York. He has held this position since May 2015. In this capacity, Mr. El Nour oversees IOM’s strategic engagement with the United Nations System, Member States, and civil society. In addition, he leads IOM New York's policy development work in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration and supports IOM's engagement in current UN reforms.  Furthermore, Ashraf has led and continues to  facilitate IOM's entry into the United Nations. 

Mr. El Nour has 25 years of work experience in diverse positions at both headquarters and field level; working on policy development as well as crisis management and post conflict recovery.  Prior to his current appointment, Mr. El Nour was IOM’s Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa from 2013-2015, Regional Representative for East and Central Africa from 2007 to 2012 and  a Special Assistant with the Office of the Director General from 2006 to 2007. He has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Senior Recovery Adviser at the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Geneva. Mr. El Nour started his career in 1989 at CARE International before joining IOM in 1991.

Born in Khartoum in 1963, Mr El Nour holds a master’s degree in political science from Aligarh Muslim University in India.

Video Statements

Opening Ceremony - Voices of Youth on the Move from ECOSOC to the HLPF

Opening remarks at International Migrants Day 2019 event at UNHQ New York

Briefing by IOM UN Office Director Mr. Ashraf El Nour on International Cooperation on Migration at Muhlenberg College - 25 October 2019

ECOSOC High-Level segment 2018

Design for Humanity: Welcome Remarks by Ashraf El Nour

DPI NGO Briefing: Migration's Contribution to Prosperity, Development and International Unity


Mainstreaming migration into urban/local planning - CPD51 Side Event


Sixteenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration (15-16 February 2018)


Demystifying migration: launch of the World Migration Report (WMR) and Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) Organized by International Organization for Migration (IOM)


8111th Security Council meeting on Trafficking of Persons in Conflict Situations


Event on the occasion of World Food Day, co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Organization


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