2018 has kicked off well with the IOE participating in many important and relevant events and meetings on a broad variety of topics.
There will be some new faces at the IOE in 2018 and changes are being made to the organisational set up of the Secretariat to ensure we continue to provide the best possible service to our Members and Partners in giving voice to the interests of business in global labour and social policy debates.
We have created a new position of Director of Stakeholder Engagement to boost our engagement with relevant actors and institutions outside of the ILO. From 15 February 2018, we welcome back Matthias Thorns who, in his capacity as Director of Stakeholder Engagement, will focus on the IOE Networks (including the GOSH and GIRN) our Public-Private Partnerships, Business & Human Rights, Labour Migration, the G20 and G7 and much more.
We are currently recruiting for the role of Adviser for the Asia-Pacific region in succession of Thannaletchimy Housset who left the IOE per 1 January 2018.
We said goodbye to Milena Flores as of 1 January 2018 and welcome María Roldán, who will be supporting our Spanish language communications efforts.
Didier Schmidt, in charge of IT and Facilities, has left the IOE as of 1 February 2018 and we have taken the decision to outsource our IT support. I am happy to announce that we are also currently recruiting for a new Team Assistant who will support our office in Geneva.
Amelia Espejo, Adviser, left per 1 January 2018 and Matias Espinosa, previously Team Assistant, has been appointed as her successor in a Junior Adviser position.
I am also pleased to announce that Graça Luzitu, who joined the IOE team as an intern has begun her new role with us as Team Assistant from 1 January 2018.
I wish all those who have left the IOE the very best and thank them for their great contributions to bringing our organisation forward over the years. I also take the opportunity to warmly welcome each of our new recruits and to wish them the best of luck in their new roles.