Tomas Ernst

Tomas Ernst
Job title
Programme Manager, MMICD
Main areas of work

Tomas Ernst manages the Mainstreaming Migration into International Cooperation and Development Initiative (MMICD) at the IOM Regional Office in Brussels. Tomas and his team are responsible for supporting EU and EU Member States’ planning and coordination related to Migration & Sustainable Development and building technical partnerships with UN agencies related to migration mainstreaming. The MMICD team creates tools to support migration and development planning within EU institutions, EU delegations, UN agencies and UNCTs. The goal of this work is to integrate migration across all sectors of development and to elevate migration within the UN, with a specific focus on the UN SDGs.

Previous experience

Tomas Ernst joined the IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in September 2020, first as the Socioeconomic Response Officer (COVID-19) before joining the LHD portfolio as the Senior Regional Labour Mobility and Human Development Officer. He previously worked for IOM Iraq and Tunisia and spent a decade working with the United Nations and World Bank in Europe, Asia-Pacific, East Africa and the Middle East. His start-up social enterprise,, was recognized by Boulevard Magazine for its innovation in transforming the financial practices of non-profits. Tomas spent the previous five years working in local government, and his research essay on “the integration of migrants/newcomers into municipal settings" was published by Oxford University in 2019.

Thematic interests
  • Migration and sustainable development