Mr Gonzalo Vargas Llosa took up his post as UNHCR’s Representative to the UK in October 2014. He arrived in London after four years as the Refugee Agency's Representative in the Dominican Republic.
Prior to this he served as a senior policy adviser in the UNHCR Liaison Office in New York from 2006 -2010, and he was the Representative to Panama 2003-2005. During his career he has also been on emergency missions to Pakistan, Darfur, Sudan and Libya.
His first UNHCR position during the Yugoslav Succession Wars, from 1994 – 1996 was as an Executive Assistant to the UNHCR Special Envoy, based in Zagreb, Croatia.
Prior to joining UNHCR, he worked for UNOCHA from 1991 – 1994. Born in Peru, he studied Spanish and English Literature at University College London and speaks Spanish, English and French.
UNHCR's Representative to the UK, Gonzalo Vargas Llosa (left) stands with Angela Constance MSP, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, UK Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis, and a Syrian refugee family during an event to mark the 2,000th Syrian refugee being resettled to Scotland under the UK's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme