INTERNATIONAL METROPOLIS CONFERENCE 2017

18 SEPTEMBER - 22 SEPTEMBER 2017, WORLD FORUM, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS

Plenary Speakers

We are proud to present the following speakers at the International Metropolis Conference 2017.

Plenary Opening - Tuesday 19 September

Rabin Baldewsingh

Deputy Mayor of The Hague

Deputy Mayor Rabin Baldewsingh is The Hague's alderman for Social Affairs, Employment, Neighbourhood Approach, Integration Policy and Sport as well as the Escamp and Laak districts.

Rabin Baldewsingh was born in 1962 in Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America. He arrived in theNetherlands in 1975 and moved to The Hague in 1980. He studied English Languageand Culture at Leiden University.

Rabin has been a member of the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) since 1986 and served as a member of The Hague Municipal Council from 1998-2006. From April 2006 to May 2010 he was The Hague's alderman for Citizenship, Decentralisation, Liveability and Media.

Howard Duncan

Executive Head, Metropolis Project/Editor, International Migration - Metropolis Project, Carleton University

Howard Duncan received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1981 from the University of Western Ontario where he studied the history and philosophy of science. In 1987, Dr. Duncan entered the field of consulting in strategic planning, policy development and program evaluation. In 1989 he joined the Department of Health and Welfare in Ottawa where he worked in program evaluation, strategic planning, policy, and extramural research.

In 1997, Howard joined the Metropolis Project at Citizenship and Immigration Canada as its International Project Director, and became its Executive Head in 2002. He has concentrated on increasing the geographic reach of Metropolis, enlarging the range of the issues it confronts, and increasing its benefits to the international migration policy community by creating opportunities for direct and frank exchanges between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.

Madeline Garlick

Senior Legal Coordinator and Chief, Protection Policy and Legal Advice Section (PPLA)
Division of International Protection - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Dr. Madeline Garlick is Chief of the Protection Policy and Legal Advice Section in the Division of International Protection of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has worked with the International Migration Initiative of the Open Society Foundations (OSF), and as a Researcher at the Centre for Migration Law at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She was previously responsible for UNHCR's liaison to the EU institutions from 2004-2013. She served with the UN in Cyprus, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on legal issues related to the rights of displaced people.

Plenary session 1 - Refugees: From Settlement to Integration

Tuesday 19 September 09.00 - 10.30

Confirmed speakers

Sander van Hoorn

Correspondent - NOS Dutch Public Radio and Television

- Chair of the plenary session -

Sander van Hoorn studied Political Science at the Free University of Amsterdam. For the last 11 years, Mr. Van Hoorn has been the Middle East Correspondent for NOS Dutch TV News. He has been reporting throughout the Middle East, including from wartime Syria. As such he has covered many of the migration flows at their origin.

Recently, he moved to Belgium to cover, among other subjects, challenges at the destination of those flows.

Pieter Bevelander

Professor Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare / Malmö University

Pieter Bevelander is professor of International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Global political studies and Director of MIM, Malmö Institute of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden. His main research field is international migration and different aspects of immigrant integration and attitudes of natives towards immigrants and minorities. He has published widely in international journals and is currently in the editorial board of both the Journal of International Migration and Ethnic Studies and Comparative Migration Studies. He is also a board member of the Swedish government commission on Migration DELMI (http://www.delmi.se/en).

Uta Saumweber-Meyer

Head of Subdivision Linguistic Education, Migration counselling - Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Uta Saumweber-Meyer has been working in the German Federal Office for Migration and Refu-gees for more than 20 years. There she had different functions in the fields of asylum, general migration matters and language courses, including her work as general secretary for the expert commission "Immigration and Integration" which elaborated important principles of the current German integration policy. Since September 2008, she has been head of the subdivision for linguis-tic education, integration courses, test procedures, financial matters.

Louisa Taylor

Director - Refugee 613

Louisa Taylor is co-founder and director of Refugee 613, an innovative information and mobilization hub created by a network of agencies and individuals working in settlement, health and community development in Ottawa, Canada. Refugee 613 helps to inform, connect and inspire residents to support the settlement and integration of refugees in the national capital. It provides advice and training to volunteers and private sponsors of refugees, fosters collaboration between service providers and develops pathways for public engagement in creating a more welcoming community. An award-winning newspaper writer and editor in her previous life, Louisa is also co-chair of Welcoming Ottawa Week, founder of @datafestOTT which uses collaborative learning to explore intersections between migration and digital technology, co-editor of The Migrationist and serves on the Advisory Committee on Social Innovation, which brings designers and practitioners together to develop new policy ideas in settlement and integration for Canada's federal government.

Plenary session 2 - Managing Migration in a Theatre of War

Tuesday 19 September 11:00 - 12:30

Confirmed speakers

Bulent (Hass) Dellal

- Chair of the plenary session -


Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity. He has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs. He serves on various boards and committees and has spearheaded initiatives for the development of the general community. He has prepared programs on community relations, social cohesion and integration and prevention strategies on behalf of Government authorities and the private sector. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Multiculturalism, the Arts and the Community in 1997, and the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the multicultural community through leadership and advisory roles, to the advancement of inclusiveness and social harmony, to youth, and to the broadcast media.

Mart de Kruif

Adivsor Deloitte / Lieutenant-General (retired)

Mart de Kruif served in the Royal Netherlands Army for 37 years and retired as Chief of Staff in April 2016. He is a graduate of the German Command & General Staff Course and the U.S. Army War College. During missions in Bosnia and Afghanistan he learned about the interaction between the military and civilian institutions and the effects of this interaction on reconstruction and stabilisation.

Bernie Derible

Director of Issues Management and Deputy Chief of Staff Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Bernie has over 25 years of dynamic management and leadership experience, working with senior leadership in government, business, emergency preparedness, and civil-military operations. He is a retired Army Colonel andhas been a senior advisor to the President of Afghanistan and most recently to the Canadian Minister of Immigration where he oversaw Canada's Syrian refugee resettlment program which successfully settled over 50,000 refugees to Canada. He has led major project management oversight in the areas of strategic planning and communications, refugee resettlement, donor coordination, governance, conflict management, disaster response and planning,anti-corruption programs, and organizational and leadership development programs around the globe.

Laura Lungarotti

Senior Protection Officer - Department of Operations and Emergencies, International Organization for Migration

Senior Protection Officer with more than 14 years of experience in assistance and protection of internally displaced persons, migrants and other crisis affected populations. Laura's focus is on prevention and response to child abuse, neglect, exploitation in relation to migrant children; humanitarian evacuations of trapped populations including migrants caught in crisis situations and other protection issues linked to forced migration and internal displacement. Currently based at the International Organization for Migration HQs, Department of Operations and Emergencies, Laura worked previously in West, Central and North Africa and the Middle East in various capacities linked to the protection portfolio. Laura holds a BA degree in Political Sciences (Cesare Alfieri Faculty of Political Sciences, Firenze) and a MA in Social Anthropology of Development (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK).

Plenary session 3 - Populism, Post-Truth Politics and Moral Leadership

Wednesday 20 September 9:00 - 10:30

Confirmed speakers

Howard Duncan

Executive Head, Metropolis Project/Editor, International Migration - Metropolis Project, Carleton University
- Chair of the plenary session -


Howard Duncan received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1981 from the University of Western Ontario where he studied the history and philosophy of science. In 1987, Dr. Duncan entered the field of consulting in strategic planning, policy development and program evaluation. In 1989 he joined the Department of Health and Welfare in Ottawa where he worked in program evaluation, strategic planning, policy, and extramural research.
In 1997, Howard joined the Metropolis Project at Citizenship and Immigration Canada as its International Project Director, and became its Executive Head in 2002. He has concentrated on increasing the geographic reach of Metropolis, enlarging the range of the issues it confronts, and increasing its benefits to the international migration policy community by creating opportunities for direct and frank exchanges between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.

Mark Krikorian

Executive Director -Center for Immigration Studies

Mark Krikorian has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995. The Center, established in 1985, is an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, D.C., animated by a pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted. He most recently co-authored "Open Immigration: Yea & Nay". He is on Twitter at @MarkSKrikorian. Mr. Krikorian holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He spent two years at Yerevan State University in then-Soviet Armenia.

Sarah L. De Lange

Professor of Political Science - University of Amsterdam

Sarah L. de Lange is Professor by special appointment at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2016 she holds the Dr. J.M. Den Uyl chair, a chair established by by the Wiardi Beckman Foundation. Her main research interests concern parties, party families, and party systems, and in particular the rise of radicalism, populism, and extremism in contemporary democracies. Her work is broad in geographical scope and examines party politics in a range of European countries. Her latest edited volume, entitled Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe: Into the Mainstream? has appeared in 2016 with Routledge.

David Goodhart

Writer and think tanker

David Goodhart is a journalist, author and think tanker-currently head of the demography unit at the Policy Exchange think tank. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine and the former director of the centre-left think tank Demos. His book "The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration" was runner up for the Orwell book prize. In his new book the Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics, Goodhart identifies the value divisions in British society that help to explain the Brexit vote and the rise of populism.

Alexander Rinnooy Kan

Distinguished University Professor - University of Amsterdam / Member of the Dutch Senate

Alexander Rinnooy Kan (1949) grew up in The Hague. He graduated in Mathematics from the University of Leiden in 1972. In the same year, he acquired a Candidate’s degree in Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam. From 1973 to 1977 he taught mathematics and statistics at Delft University of Technology. During that period, in 1976, he obtained his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. Between 1977 and 1991 Rinnooy Kan held senior academic positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam and other European and American universities. He was rector magnificus of Erasmus University from 1986 to 1989. As Chairman of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW), a post he held from 1991 to 1996, Rinnooy Kan was one of the main representatives of Dutch business. He was member of the ING Group Executive Board from 1996 to 2006.

Plenary session 4 - Research Innovations and their Policy Implications

Wednesday 20 September 11:00 - 12:30

Confirmed speakers

Daniel Hiebert

Professor - The University of Britisch Columbia
- Chair of the plenary session -

Daniel Hiebert is a Professor of Geography at UBC who specializes in issues of public policy. Professor Hiebert's personal research interests focus on immigration policy, the integration of newcomers into the housing and labour markets of Canadian cities, and the consequences of the growing 'super-diversity' of Canadian society. He has participated in a number of public advisory roles, and served as a Co-Chair of the City of Vancouver Mayor's Working Group on Immigration. He is currently a member of the Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada's Advisory Council. In 2009-10 he was the Willy Brandt Guest Professor of Migration Studies at the University of Malmö (Sweden).

Frank Laczko

Director of IOM's GMDAC, the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre based in Berlin / Germany

Frank Laczko is the Director of IOM's recently established Global Migration Data Analysis Centre. He was previously based in Geneva, where he led IOM's Migration Research Division. He is the co-chair of the Data and Research Group of the Global Migration Group, editor of IOM/Springer Global Migration Issues book series and co-editor of Migration Policy Practice, a journal for migration policymakers and practitioners.
Among the many publications he has led are the World Migration Report 2013, which focused on migrant well-being and development, Fatal Journeys - Tracking Lives Lost During Migration, a report about migrant fatalities globally, and How the World Views Migration, a report about public opinion towards migration around the world; 'Europe's Migration 'Crisis' - Making sense of the numbers,' a paper on the challenges around data and information about asylum seekers in Europe to be published in Forced Migration Review.

Paul Spoonley

Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Massey University

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand. He is a Programme Leader of the Capturing Diversity Dividend of Aoteroa (2014-2020) government-funded project. He is the author or editor of 28 books, including “Welcome to Our World. Immigration and the Reshaping of New Zealand”. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and won the Science and Technology medal for intercultural understanding. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley.

Claire Hewson

Senior Lecturer in Psychology - The Open University

Claire Hewson is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The Open University. She has a long standing interest in using the Internet in primary research, and has collected data online using a range of methods, including experiments, surveys and psychometrics. She regularly delivers lectures on the topic, and has published many articles in this area. She acted as workshop convenor and editor for the recent British Psychological Society (BPS) guidelines on ethics in Internet-mediated research (2017), and recently published the fully revised 2nd edition of her co-authored book Internet Research Methods (Sage, 2016).

Steven Vertovec

Managing Director - Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Prof. Steven Vertovec is Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany. Previously he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford and Director of Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). He is author of five books including Super-diversity (Routledge, forthcoming) and editor of thirty-five volumes including the International Handbook of Diversity Studies (Routledge, 2015). Prof. Vertovec has acted as expert or consultant for numerous agencies, including the UK government's Home Office and Department for International Development, British Council, the European Commission, the G8, World Bank and UNESCO.

Hein de Haas

Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam

Hein de Haas is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He is a founding member and a former director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. He is also Extraordinary Professor of Migration and Development at the University of Maastricht / United Nations University. His research and publications focuses on the linkages between migration and broader processes of social transformation and development in origin and destination countries.
De Haas is co-author of The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World, a leading text book in the field of migration studies.

Plenary session 5 - Cities part 1: Local Integration Policies

Thursday 21 September 9:00 - 10:30

Confirmed speakers

Charles Groenhuijsen

Independent writer, speaker and consultant
- Chair of the plenary session -

Charles Groenhuijsen was born in Joure, Friesland. He studied History at the University of Utrecht where he started to write articles for the University newspaper and soon afterward the National Press Agency, ANP. Groenhuijsen then went on to join one of the leading national newspapers and almost simultaneously became a fulltime reporter on Dutch national television in 1983. Only three years later he went on to become the youngest correspondent ever to be stationed in Washington D.C. for Dutch television. As its chief correspondent, he was responsible for all the news from the United States. Then in the nineties he was anchor man of NOVA and the political programme Het Capitool, the two most important news shows on Dutch television. In 1996 Groenhuijsen returned to the United States, when he was appointed Bureau-chief for NOS tv and radio based in Washington D.C. Nowadays Charles Groenhuijsen is an independent writer, speaker and consultant. He has written many columns and a number of bestselling books on American culture. He has proven himself to be an excellent moderator of discussions, seminars and conferences, but also in his own right as a highly acclaimed speaker. It goes without saying that he can hold his own in the English language.

Jock Collins

Professor of Social Economics - Management Discipline Group, UTS Business School, Univesity of Technology Sydney, Australia

Jock Collins is Professor of Social Economics in the Management Discipline Group at the UTS Business School, Sydney, Australia and has been conducting research on Australian immigration since the early 1970s. His research interests centre on an interdisciplinary study of immigration and cultural diversity in the economy and society. His recent research has been on Australian immigration, ethnic crime, immigrant and Indigenous entrepreneurship, immigrant youth, ethnic precincts and tourism, multiculturalism, the Cronulla Beach Riots, global teachers, immigrants and the built environment and immigrants in regional and rural Australia and the social use of ethnic heritage and the built environment.

Zhixi Zhuang

Associate Professor - School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

Dr. Zhixi Zhuang is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University's School of Urban and Regional Planning and a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario, Canada. Her passion for city- and community-building has led to her extensive research on how immigrant settlement affects urban landscapes and municipal policies and planning. Her current research projects explore place-making practices in suburban ethnic neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area and the role of immigrants in retrofitting suburbia and building inclusive communities.

Rabin Baldewsingh

Deputy Mayor of The Hague

Deputy Mayor Rabin Baldewsingh is The Hague's alderman for Social Affairs, Employment, Neighbourhood Approach, Integration Policy and Sport as well as the Escamp and Laak districts.

Rabin Baldewsingh was born in 1962 in Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America. He arrived in theNetherlands in 1975 and moved to The Hague in 1980. He studied English Languageand Culture at Leiden University.

Rabin has been a member of the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) since 1986 and served as a member of The Hague Municipal Council from 1998-2006. From April 2006 to May 2010 he was The Hague's alderman for Citizenship, Decentralisation, Liveability and Media.

Plenary session 6 - Volunteering, Urban Civility and Active Citizenship

Thursday 21 September 11:00 - 12:30

Confirmed speakers

Paul Spoonley

Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Massey University
- Chair of the plenary session -

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand. He is a Programme Leader of the Capturing Diversity Dividend of Aoteroa (2014-2020) government-funded project. He is the author or editor of 28 books, including “Welcome to Our World. Immigration and the Reshaping of New Zealand”. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and won the Science and Technology medal for intercultural understanding. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley.

Jan Willem Duyvendak

Professor of Sociology - University of Amsterdam

Jan Willem Duyvendak is professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam. His scientific work focusses on dynamics of citizenship and emotions, migration and integration, sexuality, social movement, the welfare state and the politics of home. He (co-)authored multiple books and issues on these topics.

Lucy Thomas

Executive Director - Give Something Back to Berlin

EU political expert with over 10 years' experience in European and Public Affairs within a number of varying industries. BA in European Studies at Kings College, London and an MA in Human Rights with a focus on refugee policy from the FU Berlin. In 2013 Lucy started working as a volunteer at GSBTB and is today responsible for Operations, Project Management, HR as well as the co-development and strategy of the organisation.

Violet Roumeliotis

CEO - Settlement Services International (SSI)

Violet holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Sociology and History, a Masters in Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Violet has has many years' experience in working with vulnerable communities in particular Refugee, Asylum and Multicultural Communities at a policy and operational level. She has lead large NFP organisations and in her current position as CEO of SSI she has steered the organisation through a dramatic growth period from a $10m budget with 60 staff to over $100m budget with 600 staff. Violet was named in Pro Bono Australia's 2014 and 2015 lists of the 25 most influential people working in the not-for-profit sector. She sits on numerous government and ministerial advisory councils as an expert adviser and is a member of the International steering committee of Metropolis and UNHCR ATCR.

Sam Solomon

Deputy Director of Policy - New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

Sam Solomon is Deputy Director of Policy for the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, where he has served as a co-chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Immigrant Health Care Access and worked on programs including the city's municipal identification card IDNYC, immigration legal services programs, and more. Mr. Solomon formerly worked as a journalist specializing in health policy.
He is an attorney and a member of the New York State bar.

Plenary session 7 - Cities Part 2: Economic Opportunities for All in Creative Cities

Friday 22 September 9:00 - 10:30

Confirmed speakers

Jan Rath

Professor of Urban Sociology - University of Amsterdam
- Chair of the plenary session -

Prof. Dr. Jan Rath received his MA degree in cultural anthropology and urban studies andhis PhD from Utrecht University. He is Professor of Urban Sociology in theDepartment of Sociology, and Research Fellow in the Institute for Migration andEthnic Studies (IMES) and the Center for Urban Studies at the University ofAmsterdam (UvA). He published extensively on the foundations of integrationpolicies, Islam in Europe, and urban economies and migrant entrepreneurship.His current research revolves around the transformation of the urban economy,the rise of ‘new middle classes’ and the proliferation of new forms ofurbanism. More particularly, he explores how urban individuals aresimultaneously responding to and promoting the development of new clusters ofamenities, and how shared cultural consumption helps foster the development oflifestyles, social identity, and modes of belonging. www.janrath.com

Robert C. Kloosterman

Professor of Economic Geography and Planning - Centre for Urban Studies/University of Amsterdam

Robert C. Kloosterman is Professor of Economic Geography and Planning at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. His research is guided by questions about how the social, economic and cultural transition of advanced urban economies that gathered pace after 1980 has affected cities and why different outcomes have emerged. He has published extensively in English language journals on urban issues such as labour market developments in urban areas, migrant entrepreneurship, and on cultural industries, especially music and architectural design, and planning issues related to cultural amenities. He is head of the research group Geographies of Globalisations.

Nina Glick Schiller

Professor Emeritus - University of Manchester, University of New Hampshire

Nina Glick Schiller is Emeritus Professor at the University of New Hampshire and Manchester University and Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Among her significant books are Nations Unbound: Transnational Projects, Postcolonial Predicaments and Deterritorialized Nation-States; Georges Woke Up Laughing: Long Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home; Locating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants; Cosmopolitan Sociability, Migration, Development, and Transnationalization, Beyond Methodological Nationalism, Whose Cosmopolitanism? and Migrants and City Making: Multiscalar Perspectives on Dispossession (in press). She currently co-edits Anthropological Theory and is Chair of the Anthropology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Susan Cueva

Trade Union Organiser - UNISON

Susan Cueva is a national trade union organiser for the UK public sector union UNISON, organising migrant workers inthe health and social care services. She is an economics graduate from theUniversity of the Philippines and has a Masters Degree in InternationalDevelopment Studies from the London School of Economics. She is a board member of the Joint Councilfor the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI). In London she worked in a number oforganisations dealing with refugees and migrant workers including theCommission for Filipino Migrant Workers (CFMW), Praxis and Refugee Action. Inthe Philippines she worked on social programmes with trade unions.

Elizabeth Chacko

Professor of Geography and International Affairs - The George Washington University

Elizabeth Chacko is a Professor of Geography and International Affairs. She is also Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the George Washington University. Her research focuses on flows of people, capital, ideas and technologies, and their impacts on economic, social and cultural geographies. She has conducted fieldwork related to migration, urbanization and globalization in the United States, India, Ethiopia, Singapore and Malaysia. Elizabeth researched the integration of Asian Indians in Singapore under the auspices of a Fulbright scholarship in 2013. She is currently investigating high-skilled immigrant entrepreneurship in the Washington area.

Plenary session 8 - After Brexit, Whither Europe?

Friday 22 September 11:00 - 12:30

Confirmed speakers

Sandra Pratt

Independent Migration Consultant

- Chair of the plenary session -

Sandra Pratt held administrative posts at the Universities of Essex and Sydney before joining the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg responsible for research in the humanities. After managing research programmes at the European University Institute in Florence she joined the European Commission in 1988 to work on the ERASMUS programme and cooperation in higher education. She moved to DG Justice and Home Affairs on its establishment in 1999 and was Deputy Head of the Immigration and Asylum Unit from 2004 to 2007. She participated in drafting the common EU migration and asylum policies, developing EU policy on the integration of migrants and promoting the interface between research and policy-making in these fields. This and the impact of migration on the development of the European Union remain current interests.

Philippe Legrain

Assistant Director for Research, International Program - Migration Policy Institute

Philippe Legrain is senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute, founder of Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), an international think-tank, and a columnist for Project Syndicate. Previously, he was economic adviser and head of the team providing strategic policy advice to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and special adviser to World Trade Organisation Director-General Mike Moore. His four books include Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them, shortlisted for the 2007 Financial Times Business Book of the Year, and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess - and How to Put Them Right, among the FT's Best Books of 2014.

Rainer Münz

Adviser on Migration - European Commission

Rainer Münz is Adviser on Migration and Demography at EPSC, working for the President of the European Commission. He is one of the chairs of KNOMAD, the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development and co-chair of IOM's Migration Advisory Board. Between 2005 and 2015 he was Head of Research at Erste Group, a retail bank. Until 2005 Rainer Münz had an academic career as researcher and university professor. He currently teaches at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and the Central European University (CEU, Budapest). In 2001 he was member of the German commission on immigration reform (Süssmuth commission).

Meghan Benton

Assistant Director for Research, International Program - Migration Policy Institute

Meghan Benton is Assistant Director for Research in the International Program at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, DC; and a Nonresident Fellow with MPI Europe in Brussels. She has published widely on free movement and Brexit, citizenship policy, and immigrant integration (focusing, most recently, on social innovation and communities). She was previously a Senior Researcher at Nesta, the United Kingdom's innovation body, where she led projects on digital government and the future of local public services. She holds a PhD in political science (specialising in citizenship policy) from University College London.

Andrew Geddes

Director of the Migration Policy Centre - European University Institute

Andrew Geddes holds the Chair in Migration Studies and is Director of the Migration Policy Centre in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. For the period 2014-19 he holds an Advanced Investigator Grant awarded by thr European Research Council for a project on the drivers of global migration governance. Recent publications include The Politics of Migration and Immigration in Europe, (Sage, 2016, with Peter Scholten)