UN Resident Coordinator
and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey
Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano has been appointed as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Turkey in December 2016. Previously she was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Serbia as of October 2013. In this capacity she has lead the UN country team’s response to the historic floods in 2014 together with UNDP and to the refugee/migrant crisis in 2015/16 together with UNHCR. In addition she has strengthened the UN interagency coordination and the cooperation with the Government of Serbia and Civil Society partners and negotiated with the government rent free premises for the UN country team.
Prior to this appointment she has worked in different capacities for 28 years for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Asia and Europe and has gained global expertise in Migration and Development, Labor Migration, Refugee Resettlement, Border Management, Smuggling, Integration, Trafficking and Emergency Response. Her last appointment with IOM was as Director, Department for Migration Management in IOM Headquarters. Over the years she was a member of internal change management teams, was a board member of regional research institutions and has developed strong collaboration with think tanks.
She holds a M.A. in History, Geography, and International Law from the University of Vienna, Austria; B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Heidelberg, Germany; Diploma of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria and Diploma of the Asian Institute of Management, Manilla, Philippines.