World Border Security Congress



Sr. Immigration and Border Management Specialist

Int. Organization for Migration (IOM)


Mr. Franz PRUTSCH is the Regional Immigration and Border Management Specialist at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office in Cairo and is currently responsible for providing technical advice and assistance to IOM offices in the Middle East and North Africa on all topics concerning migration and border management, including Integrated Border Management (IBM).

Mr. PRUTSCH has over 25 years of experience in the rank of a senior police officer in the law enforcement service of his home country (Austria). His previous assignments included serving as an international IBM expert for the United Nations/EU in the Western Balkans (UNMIBH in Bosnia and Herzegovina; PAMECA in Albania). This was followed by deployments to IOM missions in the South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, 2006 – 2008) and Eastern Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania, 2008 – 2010), building up the capacity of governmental institutions on border and migration management policies and operations.

After having spent 3 years at IOM’s Regional Office in Vienna, covering IBM projects in South-Eastern, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, he was deployed to Libya in 2014, further on in charge of emergency response planning and strengthening the collaboration with the Libyan Coast Guards for enhancing their Search and Rescue Operations related to migrants found in distress on their way on a perilous sea voyage across the Mediterranean.

Since late June 2016, he moved to the Regional Office of IOM in Cairo, now actively involved in assisting governments in the MENA region in upgrading their border management systems in line with international standards and good practices.