IOM Indonesia Welcomes New Chief of Mission

03/04/15

IOM Indonesia is welcoming a new Chief of Mission, Mark Getchell, on 25 February 2015. Getchell replaced Denis Nihill who retires after a distinguished service of more than 20 years with IOM. Nihill was IOM Indonesia’s Chief of Mission from 2009 to 2015.

Mark Getchell has been working with IOM for more than 27 years in various IOM Missions around the world. The American national from Boston, Massachusetts is no stranger to Indonesia and the South-east Asian region, having worked previously with IOM to provide humanitarian assistance to Indochinese refugees in Galang island, Indonesia, from 1987 to 1991. While heading the IOM Regional Office in Manila from 1995 -2001, he was involved in the early development of IOM East Timor Programming and led the opening of the first IOM Jakarta office in 2000. Getchell was also part of the team involved in the early discussions that led to the eventual exchange of letters between Australia and IOM on the Regional Cooperation Arrangement. Before coming to Jakarta, he was the Chief of Mission for IOM Australia and has held similar positions in Turkey, the Philippines and the Russian Federation.

“Arriving back in Indonesia feels like coming home for me. I started my career with IOM in Indonesia more than 27 years ago and now I am coming full circle. I am aware of the challenges that IOM is facing in the years ahead with migration issues becoming increasingly complex and interconnected with a host of other issues. At the same time, I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be here.”