William L. Swing B.D.

In nearly forty years as a US Foreign Service Officer (1963-2001), I served as US Ambassador to South Africa, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Haiti, and Republic of Congo.

Upon completion of my career with the US Foreign Service, I served as the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Western Sahara and Chief of the UN Peacekeeping Force there (2001-2003) and, after this, as the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chief of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission there(2003-2008).

In 2008, I was elected as Director General of the International Organization for Migration, an inter-governmental organization founded in 1951 and currently with 8500 staff in 470 sites in 170 countries around the globe. This 155 Member State organization re-elected me for a second five-year term in June 2013.

My wife Yuen Cheong of Malaysia and I have two children: a son who is an economist and has lived in Cape Town, South Africa, for the past twenty years; and a daughter who has served as a career United Nations Peacekeeper for the past sixteen years and is presently serving her third year with the UN peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. We have two grandchildren, an eighteen year old granddaughter living in Cape Town, South Africa; and a nine year old grandson who lives in New York City.

Denomination: United Church of Christ


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