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Markus Pilgrim appointed Director of ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team/Country Office-Budapest

Press release | 10 August 2017
(ILO-Budapest)  Mr. Markus Pilgrim has been appointed new Director of the International Labour Organisation’s regional office covering the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Pilgrim joined the ILO’s Office in 2008 as Manager of the Youth Employment Network, a partnership of United Nations, ILO, and World Bank. From 2011, he had been working as Head of the ILO’s Small and Medium Enterprises Unit (SME), Enterprises Department, overseeing a range of ILO key products on enterprise development. He is also one of two elected co-chairs of the Executive Committee of the Donor Committee on Enterprise Development (DCED).

Prior to joining ILO, Mr. Pilgrim worked as regional program manager for International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group, based in Cairo, Egypt. Other previous experience includes eight years as Managing Director of the Foundation for Economic Development and Vocational Training (SEQUA), a joint development agency of the German chambers and business associations.

Markus Pilgrim started his tenure in Budapest as of 1 August, succeeding Mr. Antonio Graziosi in the position.

“I am impressed about the strong growth of the office in the past years trying to cover increasing demands of governments and social partners on how to promote jobs and to protect people. As of today a team of 60 ILO staff in Budapest and other capital cities of the region deliver technical assistance related to the core mandate of the ILO. The portfolio of technical cooperation projects on topics such as employment generation and social protection has sharply increased and currently amounts to 6 million USD. One of my key priorities is to maintain this level of engagement and to further expand it.”—said Markus.

Pilgrim’s professional career has spanned some 25 years of working in international technical cooperation. He has gained a wide range of experiences in enterprise development, active labour market policies, technical and vocational training, capacity building for social partners, and results measurement.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany.