Cécile Riallant is a migration & development expert with over 20 years of experience in this line of work. In addition to her roles as Senior Migration and Development Specialist and head of the Migration & Development Unit (Labour Mobility and Human Development Division) at the IOM, she is currently managing the IOM-UNDP Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies. She previously led the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), a global UN inter-agency programme focused on reinforcing the role and positioning of local authorities, including cities, in linking migration & development.
She joined the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2000, after three years of working as a researcher. She has managed for IOM numerous programmes and projects in the field of migration with geographical scope in the Great Lakes (Africa), Afghanistan, the Balkans and Europe. From 2005 to 2008, she was Deputy Chief of Mission of the IOM Mission in Indonesia, working to support populations internally displaced by the 2004 tsunami in North Sumatra. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Migration Policy Practice, of the International Steering Committee of Metropolis, of the International Steering Committee of the civil society component of the Global Forum on Migration and Development and a contributor to the 2015 World Migration Report on Migrants and Cities. She holds a BA in Political Science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Science Po), a MSc in European Studies from the University of Strasbourg and a MSc in Social Policies from the London School of Economics.