Director, Division of Programme Support and Management
Andrew Harper has been working with refugees since the 1990s when he worked in Turkey during the first Gulf War for UNHCR. Of particular note, he was the UNHCR Country Representative in Jordan and was responsible for more than a half million Syrian refugees who fled the war in their country. He now heads the UNHCR Innovation team in Geneva. As Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for almost four years, Harper worked in collaboration with the Government of Jordan to lead and coordinate the international response to the Syrian crisis in Jordan. Among his main achievements was the establishment of the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps and ensuring that some 635,000 registered Syrian refugees who fled to the safety of Jordan were provided with assistance and protection. Prior to coming to Jordan, he was Head of Desk for UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, covering the Iraq situation for six years as well as being the Emergency Focal Point for the MENA region for the Libyan crisis in 2011. He also served with the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs as Head of Office in Sumatra following the 2004 tsunami, and was Chief of Staff for the UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh in Indonesia. He started his career oversees with the Australian Embassy in Turkey following the Iraq war in 1990.