Senior Regional Thematic Specialist
Michela Macchiavello is a Senior Regional Thematic Specialist for Labour Migration and Human Development at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Currently based in the organization’s Regional Office for Central and North America and the Caribbean, in San Jose, Costa Rica, she is responsible for providing technical, policy guidance and training on labour mobility, migrant integration, and the linkages between migration and development to UN agencies, governments and other partners and stakeholders in the concerned regions. In her previous posts, Michela worked at the IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, where she specialized in the provision of protection and assistance to vulnerable migrants, especially victims of trafficking in crisis and non-crisis settings, globally.
Prior to that, Michela managed several IOM programmes on Migration Management, including counter-trafficking and assisted voluntary return and reintegration in Haiti and the Caribbean. She also worked in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake as IOM’s Immigration and Border Management Specialist. In her career before IOM, Michela worked for the European Union in several African and Caribbean countries; for UNDESA at Legon University, Accra, Ghana; for the Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford, UK in collaboration with Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Michela’s publications include the following:
1. Responding to Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Times of Crisis, (IOM’s MICIC Brief 2016): http://micicinitiative.iom.int/sites/default/files/resource_pub/docs/trafficking_issue_brief_final.pdf
2. Protecting populations at risk of human trafficking and exploitation in crisis situations. Case studies of post-earthquake Nepal and the Western Balkans in light of the EU/Mediterranean migration crisis. MCI Management Center Innsbruck – Internationale Hochschule, 2017
Michela holds a Master’s Degree in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies and Economics fromt the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.