Ambassador William Lacy Swing

Honorary Fellow

Ambassador William Lacy Swing of the United States is Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He was re-elected in 2013 to the post that he has held since October 2008.

From May 2003 till January 2008, as UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ambassador Swing successfully led all facets of the largest UN peacekeeping operation in history.  Prior to his work in the DRC, Ambassador Swing served from 2001 to 2003 as the Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Western Sahara and Chief of Mission for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

William Lacy Swing’s diplomatic career has spanned some forty years including six postings as Ambassador.: to South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (exZaire), the former People’s Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville); and Haiti.

Ambassador Swing graduated from Catawba College in North Carolina (Bachelor of Arts) and Yale University (Bachelor of Divinity), and did post-graduate studies at Tubingen University in Germany and at Harvard University. He speaks fluent French and German.

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