Carlos Oliver Cruz joined the International Organization for Migration HQ in Geneva in September 2012 as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director General. Prior to joining the IOM, he spent over four years at the Foundation of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Geneva, working to promote better global governance and effective responses to emerging threats. He supported Mr Annan’s private diplomacy, mediation and conflict resolution activities as a communication and programme officer and worked on external relations and research for the Foundation’s major programmes in the areas of peace and security, sustainable development, and human rights. Previously, he was a research co-ordinator at DARA in Madrid, where he was part of the team that established the Humanitarian Response Index, which measured annually the individual performance of the OECD/DAC humanitarian donor countries. Carlos started his professional career at Club de Madrid, an organisation of more than 100, democratically elected, former heads of state and government from over 60 countries, working to address global challenges and support democratic transitions around the world. Born in Almeria, Spain he completed a BS/MA in Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University in New Jersey; and an MA in European Politics and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.