Knut Vollebaek Elected as Chair of the ICMP Board of Commissioners

The Hague, 23 June 2023:  Former Norwegian Foreign Minister Knut Vollebaek has been elected as the new Chair of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) Board of Commissioners. Mr Vollebaek, who has been a member of the Board since 2013, replaces former US Ambassador Thomas Miller, who has served as Chair since 2011.

Ambassador Vollebæk was the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, he was Norway’s Ambassador to the United States between 2001 and 2007 and Foreign Minister from 1997 to 2000. He was Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE in 1999.

“I am honored to be selected to fill this role and look forward to working with my fellow board members and ICMP staff to continue ICMP’s efforts to address the global challenge of missing persons,” Mr Vollebæk said following his appointment by the Board of Commissioners on 20 June.

ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said Mr Vollebaek’s “wealth of experience and leadership, and his deep commitment make him an ideal fit to lead the ICMP board,” and she paid tribute to Ambassador Miller, “for his leadership over the last 12 years, during which ICMP has hugely increased its administrative and technical capacity, becoming a treaty-based intergovernmental organization in 2015 and launching programs throughout the world, including most recently in Ukraine and Vietnam.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on ICMP’s board alongside my fellow Commissioners and ICMP’s incredible staff,” Ambassador Miller said. “I feel tremendous pride for what we have been able to accomplish as a team and I anticipate great things to come under Knut Vollebæk’s leadership.” Ambassador Miller will continue to serve as a member of the board.

 

About ICMP

ICMP is a treaty-based intergovernmental organization with Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. Its mandate is to secure the cooperation of governments and others in locating missing persons from conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration and other causes and to assist them in doing so.