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Brunson McKinley is a renowned diplomat and former Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He is a specialist in foreign affairs, and more particularly in migration and development issues.


Brunson McKinley is currently Co-Chair of the Association for International Mobility (AIM), a Geneva-based group of experts and business people working for an open, efficient, fair and sustainable system of human mobility worldwide. A career American diplomat, McKinley served in many posts in Europe and Asia. He was Ambassador to Haiti in the immediate post-Duvalier period. In the era of the Dayton Agreement, he served as Humanitarian Coordinator in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1998, McKinley became Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and for ten years presided over a fourfold expansion in membership, activities and offices.


Since leaving IOM in 2008, McKinley has worked with governments and the private sector to put in place sustainable solutions to the problems of mobile populations, overseas workers and Diasporas.