Speakers


Henrik Ankerstjerne

Deputy Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration

Henrik Ankerstjerne has worked at the Ministry of Integration for nine years, since 2006 as deputy permanent secretary, and previously served with the Ministry of Justice for four years. He began his career practising law for eight years as a private lawyer (business, bankruptcy and labour law) and worked with UNHCR for three years. more


Nicolás Berlanga Martínez

Advisor on Migration, European External Action Service

Nicolás Berlanga Martínez currently serves as senior advisor on migration at the Africa Department of the European External Action Service in Brussels. He was previously EU ambassador to Togo, first counsellor with the EU delegation to Cameroon and chargé d'affaires in Vanuatu. more


Paul Collier

Professor, Brasenose College, University of Oxford

Alexander Betts is professor of forced migration and international affairs and Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. He served as director of the Refugee Studies Centre between 2014 and 2017. His research focuses mainly on refugee assistance, with a focus on Africa. more


Paul Collier

Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Paul Collier received a knighthood in 2014 for services to promote research and policy change in Africa and has been listed as one of the hundred most influential public thinkers in five of the past ten years. more


Karim El-Gawhary

Foreign Correspondent, Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation

Karim El-Gawhary has been in charge of the Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation’s television and radio station in Cairo since 2004. For more than two decades, he has been Middle East correspondent for various German newspapers, such as Die Presse in Vienna and taz in Berlin. more


Giulia Falzoi

Head of Migration Management, Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, International Organization for Migration

Giulia Falzoi has been serving with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for over 30 years, during which she has been developing and managing projects and programmes in several areas of activity, such as counter-trafficking and assistance to vulnerable groups, assisted voluntary return and reintegration, cultural orientation and labour migration schemes. more


Michael Fleischhacker

Editor-in-Chief, Quo Vadis Veritas Redaktions GmbH

Michael Fleischhacker has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. In 1991, he started his career at the newspaper Kleine Zeitung and has then worked for Kleine Zeitung, Der Standard, Die Presse (editor-in-chief 2004–2012) and NZZ.at. Since 2014 he has been the host of Talk im Hangar-7 on ServusTV. more


Belachew Gebrewold

Head of Department and Studies of Social Work, Management Center Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck

Belachew Gebrewold is professor of international relations and head of the Department and Studies of Social Work, Social Policy and Management at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI)/University of Innsbruck, Austria. His main research areas are international security, conflicts, migration and global social policy. more


Mulualem Getachew

Legal Advisor, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mulualem Getachew has five years of experience working as a legal expert for the African Union Legal Counsel and the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His work centers around humanitarian issues relating to migration, with a particular focus on refugees. more


Nicola Graviano

Senior Specialist, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration, International Organization for Migration

Nicola Graviano has been working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) since 2004. He has been posted with IOM to different positions in Belgium, Mali, Jordan, Iraq and Canada. Since 2015 he has been based at IOM headquarters in Geneva with responsibility for IOM’s global policy and overall coordination of assisted voluntary return and reintegration activities. more


Melita Hummel-Sunjic

Executive Director, Transcultural Campaigning

Melita Hummel-Sunjic, a journalist by profession, has worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since 1993 in various communication functions. During that time she has worked as a spokesperson in all major crises, including the Balkans, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Angola, Georgia, South Sudan and the Middle East. more


Siga Fatima Jagne

Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, ECOWAS Commission

Siga Fatima Jagne is a scholar/ activist, international consultant and Director of International Development Support Services (IDSS). From 1992 to March 2018, she was Assistant Professor of English, Comparative Literature, Women’s Studies and African Diaspora Studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. more


Herbert Kickl

Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior

Born on 19 October 1968 in Villach (Carinthia). Marital status: married; one son. Education: primary school in Radenthein 1975–1979; grammar school in Spittal an der Drau 1979–1987; military service (mountain infantry) 1987–1988; studies in journalism and political science as well as philosophy and history at the University of Vienna (not completed) 1988–1996. more


Monika Laurinaviciute

Coordinator, International and European Cooperation Division, Frontex

Monika Laurinaviciute is coordinator at the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex. At Frontex, Monika Laurinaviciute is also part of an internal taskforce for the development of the technical and operational strategy for European integrated border management. Prior to joining Frontex in February 2017, for over seven years Monika Laurinaviciute worked as external relations specialist in the area of fundamental rights and equality. more


Camille Le Coz

Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Camille Le Coz is a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute Europe, where she investigates the links between development, migration and EU foreign policy. Her research areas include EU policies on asylum, resettlement, legal migration and integration. more


Sophie Magennis

Head of Policy and Legal Support, UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs

Sophie Magennis is head of policy and legal support at the UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs in Brussels. Prior to joining UNHCR, she was head of Policy and Legislation at the Irish Ombudsman for Children’s Office with the Irish Human Rights Commission. more


Nassim Majidi

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Think Thank Samuell Hall

Nassim Majidi is the Co-Founder of Samuel Hall and the Migration Pillar Lead where she leads evidence-based research and policy development on migration and displacement. Covering three continents (Africa, Asia, Europe) over the past ten years, her crosscutting skills have led her to interview refugees, migrants and returnees in the world’s border areas, conflict settings and countries of origin. more


Manfred Profazi

Senior Regional Adviser for Europe and Central Asia, International Organization for Migration

Manfred Profazi is the senior regional advisor for Europe and Central Asia at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He has conducted research on international labour migration and on migration potentials, history and theories. Before his current assignment, Manfred Profazi was chief of mission at the IOM Mission in Ukraine from 2010 to 2017. more


Ioan-Dragos Tudorache

Head of the Irregular Migration and Return Policy Unit, European Commission

Ioan-Dragos Tudorache is the head of irregular migration and return policy within the European Commission, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs. Since 2009, he has managed various other services within the European Commission related to home affairs, including coordination of international relations and inter-institutional affairs. more


Peter Webinger

Deputy Director-General for Legal Affairs and Head of the Directorate for Migration, Citizenship Affairs, Asylum and Human Rights, Austrian Ministry of the Interior

Since 2009 Peter Webinger has been deputy director-general for legal affairs and head of the Directorate for Migration, Citizenship Affairs, Asylum and Human Rights at the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. He is a member of the Austrian Migration Commission and head of the Austrian delegation to the Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers, and Asylum. more