During the 6th Special Session of the IOM Council, which took place on Monday, May 15, the Member States of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), also known as the United Nations Migration Agency, elected Ms. Amy E. Pope as the organization’s new Director General.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), which was founded in 1951, is the preeminent intergovernmental organization working in the topic of migration. The IOM is dedicated to the idea that migrants and society as a whole benefit from mobility that is both humanitarian and orderly. As a connected institution to the United Nations, the IOM is considered to be a member of the UN system.
The United States of America made the nomination for the Director General-elect Pope, who began her job as the International Organization for Migration’s Deputy Director General for Management and Reform in September 2021. The currently serving Director General, Mr. António Vitorino, also ran for the position of Director General in this election.
Ms. Pope will become the first woman to manage the International Organization for Migration (IOM) when she takes over the responsibilities of Director General on October 1, 2023. Her term will last for five years.
During her time as Deputy Director General, Ms. Pope oversaw the implementation of a number of reforms pertaining to the IOM’s budget, management, and administrative procedures. These reforms optimized IOM’s field delivery and risk management, improved the outcomes of internal justice proceedings, and improved the organization’s ability to coordinate with other parts of the United Nations system.
A brief history of Ms. Pope Before coming to work for the IOM, Ms. Pope held the positions of Senior Advisor on Migration to President Biden in 2021, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor from 2015-2017, and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on Transborder Security from 2013-2015. In each of these roles, Ms. Pope was responsible for advising the President on issues pertaining to migration.
She designed and implemented comprehensive policies while working at the White House to manage migrant surges, address trafficking in persons, respond to epidemics of Zika and Ebola, and prepare communities to react to climate emergencies. Since that time, she has made it a point, both in her academic writing and in her work with Chatham House, to continue to foster dialogue on the difficulties posed by global migration. In addition, she has worked for the United States Department of Justice and the United States Senate, and she was a partner at the law firm Schillings, which is based in London.
Ms. Pope has worked with governmental institutions and businesses in the private sector to help them better strategize, innovate, and manage risk while navigating organizational transformation under her direction. She has a proven track record of successfully empowering staff members and building diverse and empowered teams to effect change. In addition, she has an incredible amount of expertise in the areas of partnership building and the promotion of collaboration. She has worked with international organizations, governments, and community stakeholders to design and carry out policies on migration, refugee resettlement, and the prevention of violent extremism.
Ms. Pope holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Duke University School of Law, where she graduated with the highest possible honors, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree with Honors from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.