2018 Forum programme

Mr. Markus Pilgrim
Mr. Markus Pilgrim

Director of the Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe
International Labour Organization
United Nations


Markus Pilgrim is Director of the ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe. The office provides advisory services to 18 ILO mem-ber countries promoting more and better jobs for all women and men. Geographically, the office concen-trates on Western Balkans, Moldo-va, and Ukraine. The office is lo-cated in Budapest with additional offices in the region (www.ilo.org/budapest).

Before taking over the ILO office in Budapest Markus Pilgrim worked as Head of the Small and Medium Enterprises unit (SME) at ILO headquarters in Geneva (www.ilo.org/sme ). Prior to joining ILO, Markus worked as Manager of the Youth Employment Network (a partnership of UN, ILO, and World Bank) and as regional program manager for International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group, based in Cairo, Egypt, coordinating a portfolio of technical assistance projects on private sector promotion in the Middle East and North Africa. Other previous experience includes eight years as Managing Director of the Foundation for Economic Development and Vocational Training (SEQUA), a joint development agency of the German chambers and business associations.

Markus Pilgrim holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Göttingen University, Germany.