Filippo Grandi

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Filippo Grandi
Filippo Grandi April 2016 (26380573300) (cropped).jpg
Grandi in April 2016
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Assumed office
1 January 2016
Preceded byAntónio Guterres
Commissioner-General of the UNRWA
In office
20 January 2010 – 29 March 2014
Preceded byKaren Koning AbuZayd
Succeeded byPierre Krähenbühl
Personal details
Born (1957-03-30) March 30, 1957 (age 65)
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Alma mater

Filippo Grandi (born March 30, 1957) is an Italian diplomat and United Nations official, currently serving as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.[1] He previously served as Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)[2] and United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.


Grandi graduated with a degree in modern history from the University of Milan in 1981, and with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1987.[3]


Grandi started his career in the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1988, and has served in a variety of countries, including Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq after the first Gulf War. He also headed a number of emergency operations including in Kenya, Benin, Ghana, Liberia, the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa, Yemen and Afghanistan. Between 1996 and 1997, he was Field Coordinator for UNHCR and United Nations humanitarian activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the civil war. From 1997 to 2001, he worked in the Executive Office of the UNHCR in Geneva, as Special Assistant and then Chief of Staff. From 2001 to 2004, he served as the UNHCR's Chief of Mission.

Grandi meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2021.

Grandi then moved to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in 2004, where he served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General responsible for political affairs from 2004 to 2005. In 2005 he moved to UNRWA, first as Deputy Commissioner-General and then from 2010 as Commissioner-General until 29 March 2014.

Grandi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on April 12, 2022

On 11 November 2015 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced his intention to appoint Grandi as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to take office in 2016.[4] On 23 November 2020, the United Nations General Assembly re-elected Grandi for an additional 2.5 year mandate as High Commissioner for Refugees.[5]

Since 2019, Grandi has been a member of the World Economic Forum High-Level Group on Humanitarian Investing, co-chaired by Børge Brende, Kristalina Georgieva and Peter Maurer.[6]

Other activities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UN appoints Filippo Grandi as next high commissioner for refugees". The Guardian. 2015-11-12. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  2. ^ Filippo Grandi Ends Term as UNRWA Commissioner-General, UNRWA
  3. ^ Grandi, Filippo. "Filippo Grandi: United Nations High Commissioner for refugees". United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Secretary-General Nominates Filippo Grandi of Italy United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees". 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  5. ^ "UN General Assembly extends mandate for High Commissioner Grandi". UNHCR. UNHCR. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ World Economic Forum 2019 Annual Meeting launching a new Humanitarian Investing Initiative World Economic Forum, press release of January 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Leadership Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
  8. ^ Members International Gender Champions (IGC).
  9. ^ Strategic Committee Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA).
  10. ^ Global Future Council: The Future of the Humanitarian System World Economic Forum.

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Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by Commissioner-General for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
January 20, 2010–March 29, 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees