Dina Ionesco

Head of Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC), UN Migration Agency (IOM)

Dina Ionesco has overseen UN Migration Agency (IOM) policies and programmes related to the nexus between migration, environment and climate change, as well as contributed to climate change negotiations, since 2015. She is the co-author of the Atlas of Environmental Migration (2016) and of numerous articles and publications. Ionesco joined IOM in 2004 to work on diaspora policies, migration and development, and has worked for over four years in the IOM Research Division.

Ionesco was awarded the ‘Inspirational woman working to protect the environment’ distinction, as part of the 2016 International Women’s Day, at the initiative of UN Environment, the Geneva Environment Network and the Swiss Confederation.

She joined IOM after working with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on local development policies, with European Dialogue and NGOs on human rights, with UK academia and as an independent coach writer.

Ionesco holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the London School of Economics (UK), a Master’s Degree in European Studies from Sussex University (UK) and graduated from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris - SciencesPo (France).

Podcast Guest Appearances

Driving Forces: How Climate Fuels Human Migration

Climate instability is an increasing driver of human migration. But no one identifies themselves  as a climate refugee.

“The Geneva Convention does not provide for persecution by climate change,” says Dina Ionesco, head of the Migration, Environment, and Climate Change Division at the U.N. Migration Agency. “It's something that talks to our spirits, to our hearts.  But you can’t have the status of a climate refugee today in our world.”