Plenary Speakers

Keynote speakers

Tuesday 19 September

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)

Biography will follow

Plenary session 1 - Refugees: From Settlement to Integration

Tuesday 19 September 09.00 - 10.30

Prelimanary confirmed speakers

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 (

Uta Saumweber-Meyer

Deputy Director-General - Integration Department, 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

Prelimanary confirmed speakers

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

Prelimanary confirmed speakers

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

Prelimanary confirmed speakers

Frank Laczko

Head of the Migration Research Division / Department of the International Cooperation and Partnerships of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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

Biography will follow

Plenary session 5 - Cities part 1: Local Integration Policies

Thursday 21 September 9:00 - 10:30

Prelimanary confirmed speakers

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.

Plenary session 6 - Volunteering, Urban Civility and Active Citizenship

Thursday 21 September 11:00 - 12:30

Prelimanary confirmed speakers

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.

Geon-Soo Han

Professor Department of Cultural Anthropology - Kangwon National University

He is a professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Kangwon National University in Korea. He earned his Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley. His research fields are international migration, refugee and diaspora, human trafficking, multicultural policies, and African studies (focusing on Nigeria and Ghana). He is a member of Committee for Policy of Foreigners and Committee for Multicultural Family Policy of Korean Government. He publishes many articles on the issue of migrant workers, marriage-based migrant women and their families, human trafficking victims, and multicultural policies in Korea, including "Multicultural Korea: Celebration or challenge of multiethnic shift in contemporary Korea?" Human Security, Transnational Crime and Human Trafficking: Asian and Western Perspective.

Sam Solomon

Deputy Director of Policy - 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

Prelimanary confirmed speakers

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

Strategic Organising Unit - UNISCON Centre

Biography will follow

Plenary session 8 - After Brexit, Whither Europe?

Friday 22 September 11:00 - 12:30

Prelimanary confirmed speakers

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

Senior adviser on migration policy to Jean-Claude Juncker

Rainer Münz is Adviser on Migration and Demography at EPSC, the in-house think tank 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.

Prior to this he was Head of Research and Knowledge Center at Erste Group, a retail bank. There his focus was on demographic and macroeconomic research. He also worked as Senior Fellow at the European think tank Bruegel in Brussels, at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington DC/Brussels and at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI). Until 2005 Rainer Münz had an academic career as researcher (Austrian Academy of Sciences, 1980- 1986, 1990-1992 and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Mathematics of Finance, 2002- 2004) as well as university professor (Humboldt University; visiting professor at the Universities of Bamberg, UC Berkeley, Frankfurt, HU Jerusalem, Klagenfurt, Vienna and Zurich; 1986-2013). He currently teaches at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and the Central European University (CEU, Budapest).

Rainer Münz has worked as consultant for the European Council, the OECD and the World Bank. He served as an advisor to several EU Member States during their EU presidencies. In 2000-01 he was member of the German commission on immigration reform (Süssmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was Member of the high level "Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030" of the European Union (so-called "EU Group of the Wise").

His books include:
  • Immigration to Austria - A Gain? Vienna 2014 (ÖIF)
  • Temporary and circular migration: opportunities and challenges. Brussels 2011 (EPC; with Sheena McLoughlin).
  • System Changes in South Eastern Europe: Social, Political and Demographic Consequences.
    Vienna 2009 (IDM; edited with Heinz Fassmann and Dieter Segert).
  • Overcrowded World? Global Population and International Migration. London-New York 2009
    (Haus Publ.; with Albert. F. Reiterer).
  • Costs and Benefits of Immigration to Europe. Hamburg 2006 (HWWI), Paris 2006 (OECD;
    with Thomas Straubhaar, Florin Vadean, Nadia Vadean).
  • Labour Migrants Unbound? EU Enlargement, Transitional Measures and Labour Market
    Effects. Stockholm 2005 (Institute for Futures Studies; with Kristof Tamas).
  • Challenges and Opportunities of International Migration for the EU, Its Member States, Neighboring Countries and Regions. Washington DC 2004 (World Bank), Stockholm 2004
    (Institute for Futures Studies; with Robert Holzmann).
  • Diasporas and Ethnic Migrants. Germany, Israel and Post-Soviet Successor States in Comparative Perspective. London-Portland 2003 (Frank Cass; with Rainer Ohliger).
  • Paths to Inclusion: The Integration of Migrants in the United States and Germany.
    Providence/RI-Oxford 1998 (Berghahn Books; with Peter Schuck).
  • Migrants, Refugees, and Foreign Policy. Providence/RI-Oxford 1997 (Berghahn Books; with Myron Weiner).

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)