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Mouravieff-Apostol, Andrew

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Andrew Mouravieff-Apostol (1913–2001), best known for his work as the International Federation of Social Workers’ Secretary General from 1975–1992, and later Honorary President until his death in 2001.

Keywords: International Federation of Social Workers’ Secretary General

Andrew “Andy” Mouravieff-Apostol was born in Cannes, France, in February 1913 of Russian-Ukrainian parents. When the 1917 revolution in Russia broke out, the family was abroad and it was impossible for his aristocratic family to return home. It was not until the time of perestroika several decades later, in the late 1980s, that Andy would return to his homeland for visits.

Andy began his career as a journalist and worked as a foreign correspondent in England for the Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard before and during World War II. During the war he also served in the French military forces.

After the war, Andy took a position with the World Council of Churches and later the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees. He worked with resettlement programs, primarily in South America. He and his wife settled in Geneva, and Andy worked as a professional interpreter at the United Nations and other international bodies. He spoke eight languages.

Andrew Mouravieff-Apostol was the International Federation of Social Workers’ Secretary General from 1975–1992 and he was later elected lifelong Honorary President. He contributed significantly to diversity, social justice and human rights, and with his warmth, knowledge and diplomacy, developed a common bond among social workers throughout the international community.

Andrew Mouravieff-Apostol died in Geneva on August 13, 2001, after a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the social work profession and a legacy of communication and cooperation that transcended national borders.