Joël Boutroue, a French national, was until recently the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Representative in Uganda. He has had a long career spanning several decades and notably served as head of UNHCR in North-Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) after the Rwandan genocide; UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Representative in Armenia; UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Haiti. Boutroue also worked as special advisor to Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and as special advisor to the Norwegian government on Haiti. He has held various other positions in Sudan, Malawi, Iraq, with various UN agencies and has advised donors and developing countries particularly on emergency and post-conflict or disaster situations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Boutroue was an event speaker at the Dialogue.