Ms. Dagmar Walter

Deputy Director

Ms Dagmar Walter, a Swedish-Swiss national, joined the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean as Deputy Director in July 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was the Head of the Management and Support Unit in the ILO Department of Statistics at Headquarters in Geneva, where she played a key role in implementing a reform and change management agenda, striving for modernised and relevant work methods by fostering talent management. In 2013, Ms Walter was responsible for the organization of the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians, where government representatives of some 100 countries, employers and workers, adopted crucial international measurement standards in the area of labour and decent work statistics.

Ms Walter started her ILO career in 1999 as Programme Officer with the ILO Office in Pretoria, managing and coordinating operations in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. In that function, she collaborated with the Southern African Development Community (SADC). As Child Labour Focal Point, she took part in the implementation of Survey of activities of young people in South Africa 1999, the first nationwide survey on economic activities.

From 2002 to 2009, Ms Walter served in the ILO Policy Integration Department and subsequently the Employment Policy Department, where she managed technical cooperation projects building the capacity of the ILO and its constituents to effectively implement Decent Work Country Programmes. She was also engaged in national development frameworks and planning processes, as part of Millennium Development Goals and Poverty Reduction Strategies. She developed capacity building and knowledge sharing tools in close collaboration with various technical departments, field offices and the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy. Ms Walter worked in inter-regional programmes and focus countries like Ghana, Kazakhstan, Madagascar and Tanzania in the context of UNDAFs and One UN exercises.

Prior to her ILO career, Ms Walter worked with international development and human rights, primarily for the International Federation of Terre des Hommes and Amnesty International, as Consultant and Deputy Representative to the various UN human rights bodies in Geneva.

Ms Walter holds a Master of Public Administration from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP). She graduated in International Social Science from the Växjö University, Sweden. She also holds a Certificate in Human Resources Assessment from the Industrial Psychology Faculty of the University of South Africa, and a Certificate in French studies as foreign language from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.