Professor Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School. Ian previously was World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Ian has served as Principal Economist at the EBRD and Director of Programmes at the OECD Development Centre. Ian has a BA (Hons) and BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.  Ian has been knighted by the French Government and has published 21 books, including Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance; The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas; The Butterfly Defect: How globalisation creates systemic risks; Divided Nations; Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future; and, Is the Planet Full? Ian is an honorary trustee of Comic Relief and Chair of CORE-Econ.org economics education.

Tolu Olubunmi

Tolu Olubunmi is an entrepreneur and global advocate for migrants, refugees, and displaced people. An innovative thinker and determined change-maker, she has established and led numerous NGOs and campaigns focused on immigrant integration, employment, access to technology, and education.

Tolu serves on the World Economic Forum’s Migration Council, co-founded Immigrant Heritage Month, and has helped draft and implement U.S. immigration policies. She sits on the Board of Directors of USA for IOM (the UN Migration Agency), and serves as an Advisor to the social impact investment platform, BRAVA Investments.

The World Economic Forum named her one of 15 Women Changing the World and an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur, and an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) In Concert Against Hate Honoree. Her inspiring personal story and work has been profiled by several media outlets, including NBC, TIME, BBC, US News & World Report, and MSNBC. 

Tolu is an inaugural Leadership Institute Fellow at the Center for American Progress and holds a Chemistry-Engineering degree from Washington and Lee University.


Imelda Nicolas

Secretary Imelda Nicolas was appointed in 2010 as Chairperson of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), a Cabinet-level Secretary position under the Office of the President of the Philippines. She held this position until June 30, 2016 as her term is co-terminus with that of President Aquino. In 2014, Nicolas was recognized by the Filipina Women’s Network as one of the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World.”

While she was CFO Secretary, she served as the Philippine Government’s co-chair to the Migrants in Countries in Crisis initiative lauded, together with the United States’ Government, by the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon during the 2nd UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in New York in 2014.

In 2017, she was invited by the Open Society Foundations (more popularly known as the “Soros Foundation”) to be a member of its International Migration Initiative board. In 2014, she joined the Migration Advisory Board of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), whose advice was instrumental in the decision of the IOM to enter the UN system as the UN-related key migration agency. She remains a board member of both institutions.

For the past four years, she has been active in the United Nations Institute for Training and Research project in engaging local government in migration issues through the annual Global Mayoral Summit on Migration and Development. For the past eight years, she has been co-chairing Metropolis Asia and is a member of the Metropolis International Steering Committee.

Prior to her appointment at the CFO, she was Cabinet-level Secretary of the National Anti-Poverty Commission under President Arroyo, former Chairperson of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women under President Ramos, and Presidential Assistant helping Cabinet secretaries in monitoring implementation of major government-funded infrastructure under President Aquino.

She was also Chair of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines and the first woman member of the official delegation of the Philippines to the APEC Business Advisory Council. She is now the President of SPARK!, a Philippine-based non-governmental organization specializing on the economic empowerment of women and a founding-trustee of the ASEAN Women Economic Network.

Peggy Levitt

Peggy Levitt is Chair of the sociology department and the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies at Wellesley College and co-Director of Harvard University’s Politics and Social Change Workshop. Her most recent book, Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display, was published by the University of California Press in July 2015.

Peggy has received Honorary Doctoral Degrees from the University of Helsinki (2017) and from Maastricht University (2014). She is currently a Guest Professor and Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute (2017-2019). She has held various visiting professorships including, most recently, at Queen Mary University of London, Tel Aviv University, the Lebanese American University, the National University of Singapore, Oxford University, and the American University of Cairo. Her books include Religion on the Edge (Oxford University Press, 2012), God Needs No Passport (New Press 2007), The Transnational Studies Reader (Routledge 2007), The Changing Face of Home (Russell Sage 2002), and The Transnational Villagers (UC Press, 2001).

Professor Catherine Whitol de Wenden

Catherine WIHTOL de WENDEN is Director of research at CNRS (CERI). For 30 years she has been a researcher on international migration, from a Political Science and Public Law approach. She studied in Sciences-Po Paris and University Paris I (Panthéon- Sorbonne) She got her Ph D in Political Science in 1986. She has published 20 books, alone or as co-writer and around 150 articles. She is also teaching at Sciences-Po, at the University La Sapienza and LUISS in Rome and she has been President of the Research Committee Migration of ISA –International Sociological Association- (2002-2008) and expert for several international organisations (UNHCR, Council of Europe and European Commission). Her distinctions are Chevalier de la legion d’hooneur (2014) and médaille d’honneur du CNRS (2017)

Her main books are Les immigrés et la Politique. Paris, Presses de Sc Po, 1988, Le défi migratoire (with Bertrand Badie, Presses de Sc Po, 1995, L’immigration en Europe, La Documentation française, 1999, Faut-il ouvrir les frontières, Presses de Sc Po, 1999, La Citoyenneté européenne, Presses de Sc Po 1997, La beurgeoisie (with Rémy Leveau), CNRS Editions 2001, Police et discriminations (with Sophie Body-Gendrot), L’Atelier, 2003, Atlas mondial des migrations , Autrement 2005, 2009 (2nd edition) and 2012 (3rd edition), Les couleurs du drapeau (with Christophe Bertossi), 2007, Sortir des banlieues (with Sophie Body-Gendrot), Autrement, 2007, La Globalisation humaine, PUF, 2009, La question migratoire au XXIème siècle Presses de Sciences-Po, 2010 and 2013 (2nd edition), Les Nouvelles migrations (Ellipses, 2013). Among her most recent books : Faut-il ouvrir les frontières ? Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po, 2014 (2nd edition) and Le droit d’émigrer, Paris CNRS Editions 2013 ; Policing the inner cities (with Sophie Body-gendrot), palgrave, 2014, Migrations in the Mediterranea. Socio-economic perspectives, Routledge 2016,  Migrations en méditerranée, CNRS Editions 2015 (with Hélène Thiollet and Camille Schmoll), L’immigration, Eyrolles, 2016, Les migrations. Une nouvelle donne, FMSH 2016. Her Atlas mondial des migrations (Paris, Autrement 2016) has been published on her 4rd edition since 2005. A third edition will be published in 2017 of La question migratoire au XXIème siècle and of Faut-il ouvrir les frontières?

Professor Brenda Yeoh Saw Ai

Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Professor (Provost’s Chair), Department of Geography, as well as the Director of Humanities and Social Science Research (DHSSR) in the Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology), National University of Singapore. She is also the Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. Her research interests include the politics of space in colonial and postcolonial cities, and she has considerable experience working on a wide range of migration research in Asia, including key themes such as cosmopolitanism and highly skilled talent migration; gender, social reproduction and care migration; migration, national identity and citizenship issues; globalising universities and international student mobilities; and cultural politics, family dynamics and international marriage migrants. She has published widely in these fields.

Jane McAdam

Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change, disasters and displacement. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a research associate at Oxford University and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and was previously a non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings. Professor McAdam sits on a number of international committees and advises the UN and other international bodies. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. In 2017, she received the prestigious Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for Human Rights, and in 2015 was honoured as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence, winning the ‘global’ category.

Paul Power

Paul Power has been Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the national peak body on refugee policy, since 2006. He is on the Steering Committee of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network, an alliance of NGOs in 28 countries working together on refugee issues. In his work representing Australian NGOs in national and international dialogue, Paul works closely with a variety of refugee-led networks, supporting their efforts to bring refugees’ perspectives directly to senior policy makers. This work has culminated in RCOA’s role as NGO focal point for the first Global Summit of Refugees in Geneva in June 2018.

Sharan Burrow

Sharan Burrow was re-elected for a second term as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation at the ITUC World Congress in May 2014. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, she served as inaugural President of the ITUC from its foundation in Vienna in 2006. Sharan has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and in labour rights campaigns.

The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and has grown to represent 207 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 331 national affiliates.