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.

Alan Gamlen

Alan Gamlen is Associate Professor of Geography at Monash University in Melbourne where he heads up the Human Geography program. He received his Doctorate (in Geography) from the University of Oxford as a New Zealand Bright Future Scholar. Alan’s research focuses on human migration and ethnicity, with special interests in the governance of international migration, diasporas and transnationalism. He has written more than 50 articles, book chapters and working papers on these topics, appearing in a range of journals. As an editor, he has co-published several books and special issues and he is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies and Co-Editor of the Policy Press book series on Global Migration and Social Change. His latest book – entitled Human Geopolitics: Emigrants, States and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions – is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Alan is also a frequent keynote speaker and media commentator around the world.

Alan grew up in New Zealand, completing undergraduate degrees at Victoria University of Wellington. In 2016 he was appointed successor to the late Professor Graeme Hugo as Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre in Adelaide. Alan has also previously held appointments at Stanford University, Germany’s Max Planck Society, the Japan Centre for Area Studies and Oxford University. He has worked as a consultant and advisor to the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Organization for Migration, various United Nations agencies, and numerous national governments, regional agencies and NGOs.

Andrew Jakubowicz

Andrew Jakubowicz is Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. His books include “Cyber racism and community resilience”, “‘For those who’ve come across the seas…”: Australian multicultural theory policy and practice”, and “Racism Ethnicity and the Media”. He has consulted widely with government, and has recently been a member of the Advisory Board of MulticulturalNSW. He has a media life involved with the production of documentaries such as “Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta” ,”Great Australian Race Riots” and  “Vietnam the War the Changed Australia”. His websites include “Making Multicultural Australia”, “The Menorah of Fang Bang Lu” and “andrewjakubowicz.com”. He also writes for The Conversation.  

Nancy Ditomaso

Dr. Nancy DiTomaso is Distinguished Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School—Newark and New Brunswick. Her research addresses issues of diversity, culture, and inequality. Her 2013 book, The American Non-dilemma: Racial Inequality without Racism (NY: Russell Sage) won the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems; the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA); received Honorable Mention for the  Max Weber Award for Best Book given by the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the ASA; and was Runner Up for the George R. Terry Award given by the Academy of Management for the Best Book in Management over a two-year period. Professor DiTomaso won the 2016 Sage Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in Gender and Diversity given by the Academy of Management Division on Gender and Diversity. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Andrew Selee

Andrew Selee joined the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) as President in 2017 after 17 years at the Woodrow Wilson Center, where he served as Executive Vice President and founding Director of the Center’s Mexico Institute. Dr. Selee was a long-time collaborator of MPI on US immigration policy and regional migration issues before joining the institute. He has published a number of books, including his most recent, Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together (PublicAffairs, 2018), and he is a frequent commentator in the media.

Jawad Syed

Dr Jawad Syed, PhD, Academic FCIPD, is Dean and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences. His main research interests include international human resource management, diversity management, organisational knowledge, and business ethics.

Professor Syed obtained his PhD in Business from Macquarie University and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Kent. Prior to that, he received Masters of International Business from the Western Sydney University. He has also attended Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

He is a Programme Co-Chair of European Academy of Management’s (EURAM) Gender, Race, and Diversity in Organisations (GRDO) Special Interest Group. He is a director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights (GCEHR) and coordinator of the South Asian Academy of Management (SAAM).

Professor Syed has edited/authored seven books and written more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, including his articles in the British Journal of Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Human Resource Management Journal, Management Learning, and Gender, Work & Organization. His books include: Human Resource Management: A Global and Critical Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan), Managing Diversity and Inclusion: An International Perspective (Sage), Employee Motivation in Saudi Arabia: An Investigation into the Higher Education Sector (Palgrave Macmillan), Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Cambridge), Managing Gender Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion (Edward Elgar), and Managing Cultural Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion (Edward Elgar).

Franck Duvell

Franck Duvell holds a PhD in Social Sciences. He is an associate professor and senior researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society and at St Antony’s College at University of Oxford. He has previously worked for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, the University of Exeter and University of Bremen and was fellow at the European University Institute and is on the ExCom of PICUM (Brussels). He provided consultancies for Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management, IOM, UNHCR, HRW, MsF, addressed the EU Council, Council of Europe, House of Commons and many others. Franck is an expert on international migration and especially refugee, irregular and transit migration and the governance of migration, border security and migration control. He has more than 20 years of experience in conducting and leading research, analysis and policy advice. He has published 10 books and 50 journals articles and is co-editor of three journals.

Innes Willox

Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire.

Innes was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012.

Amongst other appointments, Innes is also a Director of Australian Super, Chair of the Migration Council of Australia and a Board member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

Prior to joining AiGroup in 2008 he served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006 and earlier was Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).

Innes began his career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in Canberra.

Farida Fozdar

Farida Fozdar is Associate Professor in Sociology at The University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on race relations and migrant settlement issues (including employment, housing, belonging and service delivery), racism, citizenship and nationalism, and refugees and asylum seekers. She works closely with migrant settlement agencies and community organisations. She has published widely (three books, 17 book chapters and over 60 journal articles), as well as authoring reports to government and research consultancies. Her latest projects are three edited collections on mixed race, a monograph on Australian identity, and several papers on postnationalism.

Jo-anne Schofield

Jo-anne Schofield is a committed social justice advocate and trade unionist. She was previously Assistant National Secretary of United Voice having worked for the union for 14 years in a variety of research, industrial and campaigning roles. During this time Jo led the union’s first early childhood education and care campaign and worked with contract cleaners and security members. With over 20 years’ experience working for trade unions and not for profit organisations, Jo has a particular focus on equality and women’s issues. She is proud to be working to advance the cause of United Voice members in their workplace and in their communities.

Rez Gardi

Rez Gardi was born in a UN refugee camp in Pakistan where her Kurdish family lived having escaped persecution in their homeland of Kurdistan. Rez and her family were given the opportunity to resettle in New Zealand to create a new life for themselves. Rez has sought to use her difficult start in life as motivation to succeed, recently becoming New Zealand’s first Kurdish female lawyer and being awarded t

he 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year for her services to human rights.

With an understandable passion for human rights, Rez hopes to focus her career on fighting for justice and equality and currently works at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. In late 2018, she will be commence a Master of Laws focussing on international law and human rights at Harvard.

Rez is a global refugee youth advocate having represented New Zealand at the Global Refugee Youth Consultations and various international UNHCR dialogues and other international forums. She holds a range of other positions including as a board member Asylum Seekers Support Trust, Deputy Chair of the Red Cross National Youth Panel and the co-founder of the Kurdish Youth Association in New Zealand.

Rez is passionate about supporting young refugees to achieve their potential. This led to her founding ‘Empower’ – a youth-led charitable organisation aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of refugees in higher education through mentoring and support and working to establish scholarships for refugees at the University of Auckland.

Abid Hussain

Abid Hussain is Director, Diversity at Arts Council England, the national development agency for arts and culture leading the organisation’s work on Equality, Inclusion and the Creative Case for Diversity. He is an alumnus of both the U.S International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and the Salzburg Global Seminar responding to themes of art and social change, migration, displaced artists and conflict transformation.

 Abid has led on the development of the Arts Council’s strategic equality and diversity framework since 2014 which included the development and launch of the transformative Elevate and Change Makers programmes which have made a significant contribution to diversifying the arts and cultural landscape in England.

 He has extensive experience of working with cultural institutions, academia, government and third sector agencies across North America, Europe and East Asia.

Ursula Rakova

Ursula Rakova is the Executive Director of Tulele Peisa, a local Carterets organisation which means “Sailing the Waves on Our Own”.  Its main task is to re

locate 2,700 Carterets Islanders to Bougainville in Papua New Guinea.

Ursula has been an Environmental Campaigner in Papua New Guinea for more than 30 years and in 2008, she was awarded the “Pride of PNG award” under the Environmental category for her contributions to the environmental protection for the rural communities who are the voiceless against the multi-million companies.

In 2014, in New York, Ursula was awarded the UNDP Equator Initiative Award in recognition for Tulele Peisa’s efforts to finding a local solution to the Carterets Islanders impacted by climate change.  Her efforts in the relocation of her people from the Carterets continues as she and her team of five staff continue tirelessly in their pursuit to relocate 2,700 people.  She continues to find strength in making sure her island people are safe and secure where-ever they are relocated to Bougainville; into some land the Catholic Diocese of Bougainville has gifted them.

Antoinette Braybrook

Antoinette BraybrookAntoinette Braybrook is an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette’s grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji, North Queensland. 

Antoinette is the CEO of Djirra, a position she has held since it was established 15 years ago.  Djirra  is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation which provides holistic, culturally safe and specialist legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence – predominantly women. Djirra also designs and delivers community-based early intervention and prevention programs and undertakes policy and law reform work to improve access to justice, strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s resilience and reduce vulnerability to violence.

In addition to Antoinette’s leadership of Djirra, she was elected as the National Convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum in 2012. Antoinette’s advocacy work includes advisory groups, expert panels and consultative roles at State and Federal levels. She has received numerous awards including the 2015 Law Institute of Victoria: Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award and the 2017 Inspirational Women of Yarra Award. As a highly regarded public speaker, who seeks to give a voice to Aboriginal victim/survivors of violence, she has jointly presented with Special Rapporteur, Rashida Manjo.

Gloria Careaga

Gloria CareagaGloria Careaga master in Social Psychology; works at the University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM) as Professor and researcher of the Faculty of Psychology since 1979, she was academic Secretary of the Gender Studies Program for 12 years, where prompted a new perspective for the analysis of masculinities and sexual diversity studies and coordinated the Studies in Sexuality. She has coordinated nine anthologies and published multiple articles in Academic Journals and chapters in books on gender, sexuality and human rights. Active counselor locally and internationally as a feminist and human rights defender on women and LGBTI rights. She is a former Co-Secretary General of ILGA (2008-2014), member of the Advisory Board of Sexuality Policy Watch and backup member of the Advisory Board on LGBT issues for UN-Women in Latin America.

Arash Bordbar

Arash BordbarArash is a 25-year-old refugee from Iran living in Australia. He travelled to Malaysia aged 17, registered with UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur, and spent five years there before being resettled in Australia in 2015. Arash is studying for a Bachelor of (Civil) Engineering and is an advocate for gender equality, sexual rights, and access to education and employment opportunities. He has a wide of experience volunteering and working for organisations including as Chair of the UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council, supporting young refugees in Malaysia and, more recently, in the Youth Transition Support Program with local NGOs in Australia. Since 2016, he has participated in the Global Refugee Youth Consultations and the UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue in Geneva. At a regional level he has traveled to Malaysia where he ran youth consultations with various NGOs. He is also involved with the APRRN (Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network) in Bangkok where he was elected Deputy Chair of the youth working group. He has also been an invited speaker at various conferences including, most recently, the International Refugee Rights Conference in Toronto. In 2016, Arash was awarded the Young People Human Rights Medal by the Australian Human Rights Commission.