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.