Samia Kazi Aoul

University of Delvare (Static)

Samia Kazi Aoul-Chaillou is a labour migration specialist at the International Labour Organization (ILO). Within the Labour Migration Branch of the ILO, she is the focal point on migrant workers’ social protection and the focal point for the Africa region on labour migration and mobility. Samia provides policy guidance, technical support and capacity building to ILO’s constituents on the governance of labour migration including on labour migration policy development, the extension of social protection to migrant workers, cooperation and social dialogue. She first joined the ILO in 2004 as an Associate Expert in social protection in ILO Algiers office. From 2008-2011, she served as a technical officer for the MIGSEC project, which contributed to strengthening migrant workers’ social protection in Africa. Before 2004, she worked for NGOs and research centres in Algeria, India, Canada and France.

Samia has two master’s degrees, one in Economics and Development and one in Political Science, International Relations and Cooperation.

Marie-Christina Dankmeyer

University of Delvare (Static)

Marie-Christina Dankmeyer is the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Social Protection and Climate Change Specialist. Her work focuses on social protection to protect people against the current and future impacts of climate change and to contribute to mitigation efforts – and a just transition to net zero.

Prior to joining the ILO, Marie-Christina worked with UNICEF as Social Policy Specialist in the Eastern Caribbean where she coordinated a Joint UN Programme on Adaptive Universal Social Protection across several UN agencies and supported countries in preparing for and responding to shocks, such as hurricanes. She also previously advised the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as a Social Protection Advisor on behalf of GIZ/German Development Cooperation, following several placements in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and the Philippines, as well as work with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

Marie-Christina holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a focus on Public Health and Social Policy, having studied in Berlin, Los Angeles, Passau and Toulouse.

Lou Tessier

University of Delvare (Static)

Lou Tessier is Health Protection Specialist at the International Labour Organization (ILO). Lou supported the development of community-based health insurance (CBHI) in West Africa before joining Deloitte advisory services to the national health insurance system in France. Lou joined the ILO in 2011 in support of the adoption of Recommendation No. 202 on Social Protection Floors and has subsequently occupied various positions on social protection and occupational safety and health in headquarters and in the field.

Lou obtained her Msc. in international law and economics from Sciences Po Lyon, her post-graduate diploma in Public Health (Global Health) from the University of Manchester and her MBA from ESSEC Business School. She also holds a bachelor in Anthropology from the University of Toulouse and an undergraduate degree in geopolitics of the Middle-East and Northern Africa region.

Loveleen De

University of Delvare (Static)

Loveleen De is Programme Manager and Technical Advisor on Social Protection for ILO Lao PDR. She has been working for ILO for 10 years in social protection policy design, financing, implementation and capacity development in Asia, Africa and Geneva. She is currently managing SOLAR, a project to model, implement and expand rights of coffee and tea workers and to explore dynamic partnerships with the public and private sectors and civil society in Lao PDR.

Loveleen holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Prior to joining the ILO, she worked in banking and financial services.

Kroum Markov

University of Delvare (Static)

Kroum Markov works at the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2001, initially for the International Labour Standards Department on the application of the ILO’s social security instruments and, since 2017, for the Social Protection Department as Social Protection Policy and Legal Specialist. He has developed a strong knowledge of the ILO’s social security standards, providing technical support to the bodies responsible for monitoring the application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations. Through his work, Kroum supports ILO constituents in the design and implementation of universal and rights-based social protection policies and systems grounded in the principles enshrined in ILO standards.

Kroum is a lawyer specialized in International and European law. He also holds post-graduate diplomas in International Administration (DESS) and in International Economic Law (DEA) from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He speaks fluent French, English and Bulgarian and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Russian.

Clara Van Panhuys

University of Delvare (Static)

Clara van Panhuys is currently working for the Social Protection Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva focusing on working with governments, workers and employer organizations to support the extension of social protection to migrant workers, refugees and their families. Prior to that, she has worked in the humanitarian field in various (post) conflict countries for UNHCR, UNESCO, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and various NGOs in Pakistan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Thai-Myanmar border on fostering respect for human rights and providing assistance and protection to conflict affected populations. She has two Master degrees, one in Law and one in Humanitarian Assistance.

Christina Behrendt

University of Delvare (Static)

Christina Behrendt is Head of the Social Policy Unit in the International Labour Office (ILO)’s Social Protection Department in Geneva (Switzerland). Her earlier work experience in the ILO includes an assignment as Regional Social Security Specialist at the ILO Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut (Lebanon). Prior to joining the ILO in 2002, she worked as a consultant for the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and as lecturer and research fellow at the University of Konstanz. Having studied in Konstanz and Edinburgh, she holds a Master degree in Politics and Public Administration and a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Konstanz (Germany). She has worked and published on various aspects of social protection and related topics in both developed and developing country contexts

Valérie Schmitt

University of Delvare (Static)

Valérie Schmitt is the Deputy Director of the Social Protection Department at the International Labour Organization (ILO). She is also leading ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All.

Ms. Schmitt joined the ILO in 2003. She has 23 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of social protection, combining both headquarters and field experience in various types of organizations: the ILO at HQ, in Africa and Asia, the corporate sector in France, and a NGO in Africa.

Ms. Schmitt holds a Master of Advanced Studies (first year of doctoral studies programme) in quantitative economics from Paris Sciences Economiques (Laboratoire du Delta) and a Master of Business Administration with honours from HEC Paris. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Paris IV – La Sorbonne.

Gilbert F. Houngbo

University of Delvare (Static)

Gilbert F. Houngbo is the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). He began his mandate in October 2022.

Gilbert F. Houngbo was born in Togo in 1961 and has spent more than 35 years working to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people, using his extensive experience in political affairs, international development, diplomacy and financial management.

He obtained an advanced degree in business management from the University of Lomé, Togo, and a degree in accounting and finance from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Canada). He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants.

Gilbert F. Houngbo joined Price Waterhouse in Canada in 1986 and worked with them until 1993.

Between 1994 and 1996 he served as Director of Finance at the International Bank of Mali, before moving to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where he held several posts, including as Head of Financial Reporting and Trust Fund Management, Comptroller and Director of Finance and Administration, Chief of Staff, and Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director for Africa.

In 2008, Gilbert F. Houngbo was asked to serve as Prime Minister of Togo, a position he held until 2012.

He returned to the United Nations System in 2013 as Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships at the International Labour Office.

In 2017 he was appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), based in Rome, Italy. He was re-elected to the post in 2021. He also chaired UN-Water, which coordinates the efforts of more than 30 UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues.

In 2021, he was invited to become a board member of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), and to chair the Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute.