Chief of Mission, Louis Hoffmann - Biography

Before assuming his current post as Chief of Mission for the IOM country office in Indonesia in 2019, Mr. Hoffmann was Head of the Transition and Recovery Division within the Department of Operations and Emergencies at IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing on issues of post-crisis recovery, durable solutions, community stabilization and peacebuilding.  

He previously served as a liaison with the United States Government for the IOM’s emergency and post-conflict operations worldwide.  He has an extensive field background, having served in Sudan in the capacity of Darfur Coordinator prior to becoming Head of Office to South Sudan in 2005, where he directed IOM’s IDP and community recovery programmes.  

Since joining IOM in 1999, Mr. Hoffmann has also held posts in Serbia, Afghanistan, Austria, Timor-Leste, and the Republic of North Macedonia covering a range of programming activities including return and reintegration programming for internally displaced persons and refugees, assistance to demobilized ex-combatants, community reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, as well as out-of-country voting.  

Mr. Hoffmann is a graduate of Georgetown University, and joined IOM with a background in the screening and resettlement of refugees from Southeast Asia.