Chief of Greece Mission, International Organization for Migration

Gianluca Rocco Chief of IOM Mission in Greece and Regional Response Coordinator 

Gianluca Rocco after completing his studies in International Law and having served with the United Nations in Africa, in 1997 joined the OSCE working on Election issues in the Western Balkans. 

At the end of 1999, he joined IOM, with whom he has served in Serbia, Belgium, Jordan Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece working as Programme Manager, Head of Implementation of Management Services, Senior Regional Return Policy Officer, Chief of Mission and Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans. Since 2016, he has been working as Regional Response Coordinator in IOM Greece. 

During his professional career, Mr. Rocco has worked on assisting different government institutions with capacity-building and technical cooperation activities as well as on issues related to border management, refugees, asylum seekers, assisted voluntary return, counter-trafficking, de-radicalization and migrants’ rights. Since 2006 he has also worked on Security Sector Reform, contributing to the development of Organization’s cooperation with NATO. Mr. Rocco has 18 years of experience in the South East Europe region. From November 2017 he is also the Chief of IOM Greece Mission. 


2017 – to present Chief of Mission 

IOM Athens, Greece 

2016 – to present Regional Response Coordinator 

IOM Athens, Greece 

2013 – 2016 Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans 

IOM Sarajevo, Belgrade, Podgorica, Pristina, Skopje, Tirana 

2011 – 2016 Chief of Mission 

IOM Sarajevo, BiH 

2006 – 2011 Deputy Chief of Mission 

IOM Belgrade, Serbia 

2005 – 2006 Team Leader Regional EU Programme 

Belgrade, Serbia 

2004 – 2005 Senior Regional Return Policy Officer – IOM Iraq 

IOM Amman, Jordan 

2002 – 2004 Head, implementation and Management Services 

IOM Brussels, Belgium 

1999 – 2002 Programme Coordinator 

IOM Belgrade and Podgorica, Serbia & Montenegro 

1997 – 1999 Director, Out of Country Voting 

OSCE Mission to BiH Sarajevo, Belgrade, Podgorica, Zagreb


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