María Jesús Vega is currently spokesperson for UNHCR in Spain and responsible for the Communications Department of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the country. She studied Social Work at the Complutense University of Madrid and broadened her studies with a Fulbright grant in USA.
Vega has been for 25 years developing her professional career in the refugee field starting her work with the Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee and UNHCR. Within the UN Refugee Agency she has work in the field of protection, political incidence, family reunification, unaccompanied and separated minors, resettlement, repatriation and donor relations. She has become familiar with UNHCR operations in countries such as Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tunisia or Jordan and Central America. She is part of the Emergency Team of the UN Refugee Agency.