Having worked for more than 25 years with UNHCR, Pablo Mateu has served in 9 countries and the agency’s Headquarters in Geneva. His field experience includes camp-based refugee situations (Algeria, Mauritania, Mexico), reintegration of returnees (Afghanistan, Central America, Mozambique) and IDPs (Bosnia & Herzegovina). He served as UNHCR Representative in Algiers (2008-2009). At HQ level, his experience centered on linking humanitarian assistance with development; inter-agency cooperation; livelihoods; and durable solutions.
Before coming to Ukraine, he worked on independent oversight, assessing the quality of management of UNHCR operations around the world. Prior to joining UNHCR, he worked as a consultant for ILO and founded a national NGO in his native country which specializes in microfinance and local-level development.