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Filippo Grandi

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Filippo Grandi is the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Before being elected High Commissioner, Grandi had been engaged in international cooperation for over 30 years, focusing on refugee and humanitarian work. He served as Commissioner-General of the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, after having been the organization's Deputy Commissioner-General. Prior to that, Grandi served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan, following a long career first with NGOs and later with UNHCR in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and at the organization's Geneva headquarters.