Professor Danyel Reiche spoke to Houtan Homayounpour, head of the International Labor Organization Project Office for the State of Qatar, about the recent labor market reforms in the country and the role the ILO played in this process.
In February 2018, Mr. Homayounpour was appointed as the Head of the ILO project Office for the State of Qatar. In this capacity, he oversees the implementation of a comprehensive 3 year program on labour rights, and acts as the Focal Point of the ILO Regional Office for Arab States. Previously, he was based at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland providing daily support to field colleagues on development cooperation projects combatting forced labour and human trafficking, and was the focal point for private sector engagement, as well as donor relations for the ILO's Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS). He was also a member and the 2013 chair of the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT). Previous to joining the ILO, he worked at the Canadian Ministry of Health in Ottawa. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) with a concentration in Marketing & International Management from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Master of Science (MSc) with a specialization in International Negotiation from Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes.