Marion Annau is a member of the Ontario Bar and the Founder and President of Connect Legal. Formerly, Marion practiced law in both Toronto Canada and New York City and subsequently she was Vice President of Strategic Development for New Leaders, an education focused non-profit.
Connect Legal is an innovative free legal services clinic that provides legal education and advice to low-resource immigrant small business owners. Connect Legal has provided support to over 1200 small business owners since launch and was named a “Vital Idea” by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2013. In recognition of her work, Ms. Annau received the Ontario Government’s Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment in 2013 and was Runner-Up for Prosper Canada’s Robert E. Elliot Award 2013.
Mahzarin Banaji is Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. From 1986-2001, Banaji taught at Yale University where she was Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Psychology. In 2005, she was elected fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychologists, in 2008 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2009 was named Herbert A. Simon Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.She is the former president of the Association for Psychological Science. Her career contributions have been recognized by a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association in 2007 and the Diener Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Psychology in 2009.
With Anthony Greenwald and Brian Nosek, Banaji maintains an educational website, Project Implicit, designed to create awareness about unconscious bias. In 2013, Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald published the critically acclaimed, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.
Elena Basteri is a dance and performance curator and writer based in Berlin. She studied political sciences in Pisa, Dublin and Granada and dance studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin. In 2011 she co-founded the theatre collective OnElf. The main interest of the group is to deal with current political and social issues with a site-specific approach, mainly through the participation of “local guests”. Among their last projects: “Nikolandia. A fairytale expedition in the unknown Mitte” (Transeuropa Festival, Berlin 2013), “Heimat Asyl” (Festival 48 Neukölln, Berlin 2012).
Sayu Bhojwani is the President and Founder of The New American Leaders Project (NALP), the only national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership. For that work, she has been recognized by the Case Foundation as a Fearless Changemaker, honored by Citizens Union New York, and awarded the BMW Foundation’s Young Leaders Award in 2013. From 2002 to 2004, she was New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and in 1997 she founded South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), the first and only organization working with South Asian youth. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
Sayu is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, CNN In America, and other online publications and currently serves on the boards of the National Immigration Forum and The Afterschool Corporation. She is completing her dissertation on immigrant civic engagement, at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Sayu also holds a Ph.D. in Politics and Education and a M.Ed. in Comparative Education from Columbia University. Sayu is a naturalized citizen of the United States. She was born in India and grew up in Belize. She moved to New York City in 1984, and currently lives there with her husband and daughter.
Iulia Blaga, social worker at Amaro Foro e.V. takes care of homeless families in and around Görlitzer Park. Amaro Foro e.V. is an intercultural self-organization of young Roma and non-Roma. Their main focus is socio-cultural youth work, the strengthening of self-initiative, mobilization, networking and self-esteem of young Roma and their political and social participation.
Boris Boekhoff studies Landscape Architecture at the Technical University, Berlin. In his studies he focuses on urban processes and systems and develops methods that enables him and others to better and easier understand these. In his Bachelor thesis he explored the urbanistic integration of the Nikolaiviertel in the city by developing a new kind of researching walk.
Since April 2000, Aynur has been the director of Forever Clean Dienstleistungs GmbH. In October 2010 she opened a Turkish branch, Forever Clean Dienstleistungs Ltd., and has been running it as the sole director. In the initial phase of her business, she had one employee. Now her workforce totals more than 400 in Germany and Turkey. Since the very beginning, Forever Clean’s social commitment has had a strong focus on the integration of severely handicapped women. Aynur is a member of the managing board of the Berlin Chamber of Handicrafts and a member of the Berlin Senate working group on migration where she advocates for entrepreneurs with a migrant background.
Alan Broadbent is Chairman and Founder of Maytree, and Chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation. He co-founded and chairs the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, Diaspora Dialogues, and the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto. In addition, Alan is a Director of Sustainalytics Holdings B.V., Senior Fellow and Governing Board member of Massey College, Member of the Governors’ Council of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, and Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Alan is the author of Urban Nation: Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong, and co-editor of Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University in 2009.
Raquel Castañeda-López is a Detroit City Council Member representing District 6, home to the majority of the city's immigrant communities. She was recently elected to office in 2013, becoming the first Latina ever to serve in this position. A social worker by trade, Raquel has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector developing & implementing innovative youth programming for marginalized communities. She was a Fellow with the Center for Progressive Leaders and New Detroit Multicultural Leaders and recently completed the Transatlantic Inclusion Leadership training with the German Marshall Fund. She founded and currently co-chairs Detroit's Immigration Task Force.
Eben Cathey is the Communications Coordinator for TIRRC, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. From Smyrna, Tennessee, Eben directs TIRRC’s strategic communications and Welcoming Tennessee program, working to improve how immigration issues are portrayed in the media and strengthen relationships between immigrant and receiving communities. He earned a Master’s degree in Political and International Studies as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to South Africa and has also worked internationally as a consultant on HIV education programs.
Dr. Melinda Crane has given speeches and moderated events and discussions for a wide range of international organizations and firms. She is a frequent guest and commentator on German television and radio and regularly analyzes US policy for the news broadcaster n-tv. An experienced TV anchor, she is chief political correspondent at DW TV and also hosts the DW talk show “Quadriga” as well as the political magazine “People and Politics.”
Dr. Crane studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard. She received her PhD in political economy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
As International Affairs Consultant to the discussion show “Sabine Christiansen” she produced interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush, among others.
Her journalistic experience includes work for the “New York Times Magazine”, ”The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine,” “The Boston Globe,” the “Christian Science Monitor” and German newspapers and magazines.
Dalmia is a Bloomberg View contributor, a columnist at the Washington Examiner, and writes regularly for Reason magazine. She is also a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications such as the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, The Weekly Standard, Business Week, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chicago Tribune. She previously served as a columnist for Forbes.
Dalmia was co-winner of the first 2009 Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism for her columns in Forbes and Reason.
Lianne Dalziel was born and raised in Christchurch where she has lived all her life. After completing her law degree at Canterbury University and qualifying to practise law, she worked in the trade union movement until entering Parliament in 1990. She represented Christchurch Central for two terms, had one term as a List MP and then represented Christchurch East until leaving Parliament in 2013 to contest the Christchurch Mayoralty. Lianne served in the Cabinet led by Prime Minister, Helen Clark, (1999-2008), holding a range of portfolios including Commerce. Lianne was a strong advocate for the people in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch affected by the 2010/2011 earthquakes and was appointed to the UNISDR's Parliamentary Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2012. She was elected Mayor on 12 October 2013.
Since July 1, 2008, Jörg Dräger has been a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board where he is responsible for the program areas of education, integration and democracy. He also serves as Executive Director of the CHE Centre for Higher Education. In January 2012, Dräger has also been appointed Adjunct Professor for Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. From 2001 to 2008, he served as Hamburg's (politically independent) minister of science and research and was a member of Germany's Permanent Conference of Educational Ministers as well as deputy representative to the Bundesrat, the federal body that represents the German states at the national level. From 2004 to 2006, he also held the office of minister of health and consumer protection in Hamburg. He began his professional career 1996 at the management consulting firm Roland Berger in Frankfurt/Main. In 1998, he returned to Hamburg to become executive director of the newly founded Northern Institute of Technology, a private institute of higher education that focuses on international MBA programs.
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. He was a post-doctoral fellow there and subsequently taught philosophy at the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario.
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. Recent of his projects have included the creation of the Metropolis North America and Metropolis Asia initiatives and the creation of a Metropolis Secretariat in Asia (Seoul/Goyang-si and Manila) to supplement the Secretariats in Ottawa and Amsterdam. He moved the Ottawa Secretariat operations from the Government of Canada to Carleton University in Ottawa in 2012.
Henrik Flor studied political science and constitutional law in Hamburg, Madrid and Berlin. He worked as an editor for different German publishing houses, as well as for online platforms such as politik.de and politik-digital.de. He is currently editor and concept developer at Stiftung Bürgermut. The foundation fosters the exchange of best practices and replication of social innovations – both online and offline with its programs “Weltbeweger”´, “openTransfer” and the magazine "Enter.”
Naika Foroutan is a social scientist at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 2008, she is the project leader for HEYMAT (Hybrids of European-Muslim integration models), which is sponsored by the Volkswagen-Stiftung. Since 2011, she leads the research group JUNITED (research about young Islam-related topics) within the framework of the Junge Islam Konferenz (Young Islam Conference) JIK. The JIK is a project of the Mercator foundation and the Humboldt University Berlin. In 2011, Naika Foroutan was rewarded with the Berliner Integrationspreis (Berlin Prize for Integration) for her participation in the controversial Sarrazin debate.
Photo by Frank Nürnberger.
Dr. Franziska Giffey is the City Councillor for Education, Culture and Sports in the City Council of Berlin-Neukölln. She is responsible for the administration and development of 66 public schools with about 30.000 students. She holds a Diploma in the field of administrative law and economics, a Master of Arts in European administrative management and a PhD in political science. Her doctoral thesis at the Free University in Berlin focussed on “The policy of the European Commission for the involvement of the civil society in European affairs”.
David Goldblatt was born In London and now lives in Bristol and shares his affections with Tottenham Hotspurs and Bristol Rovers. In 2006 He published The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, described in the Independert as, “the book on the history of football, there is unlikely to be the need for another. Covering every aspect of the world game…it is beautifully written.”
In 2014 he is publishing Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil and Game of Our Lives: English Football since Hillsborough, both with Penguin Books. In between he made documentaries for BBC radio on subjects ranging from Senegalese wrestling, to the economics of baseball in the Dominican Republic; written widely on the politics of sport for Prospect, The Guardian and the TLS; and taught in a variety of universities, most recently as Visiting Professor at Pitzer College, Los Angeles.
Wallace joined New Zealand Police in 1984 and has served as frontline officer, Criminal Investigation Bureau Detective and Officer in Charge of Community Policing in the city of Rotorua. He received numerous commendations and established significant relationships and initiatives between Police and communities. In 1996 he received the Queen's Service Medal for services to the general community.
In 2007, Wallace was appointed as General Manager: Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Services. He has developed cross-cultural capabilities within Police in complex situations. This has increased the sophistication of Police investigations involving multi-cultural communities. He is regarded as a trail-blazer, particularly in policing New Zealand's indigenous Maori population over the past decade.
Wallace is a senior member of one of New Zealand's largest state sector organisations. He is one of five key advisors reporting directly to the Commissioner of Police. He has the essential skills, operational capability, energy, passion and commitment and is well connected to the machinery of Government. He is also Chair of Te Arawa Group Holdings, whose vision is to be a leader of economic advancement for the Te Arawa indigenous Maori community.
Wallace attributes his dedication and success to his loyal and supportive wife, Kim, and his five children.
Declan Hayden is based at the Office for Integration in Dublin City Council, Dublin, Ireland. He holds a Masters in Philosophy in Ethnic and Racial Studies (2000), University of Dublin Trinity College. He has worked in the Department of Community & Social Development in DCC since 2004 and developed the Office for Integration with his colleague Gerry Folan in 2007 from the original Intercultural Relations Unit. The Office is the main centre of integration among the main Public Service bodies in Dublin and Ireland and links closely with the Department of Justice & Equality. The Office works with all migrant and cultural groups in the city of Dublin assisting them with all aspects of Intercultural integration, equality and the prevention of racism and discrimination. A Strategy on Integration: Towards Integration -A City Framework was published and declaration of Intent signed by all members of the Dublin City Development Board in 2008. Dublin became a member of the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities project as part of this work. The OFI have developed numerous projects, initiatives and events to promote integration. Key to these are cultural celebrations and festivals such as the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. Declan is Director of DCNYF and working on a number of individual Sino-Irish projects.
Andreas Hieronymus was born in 1963 into a family of German refugees from Cekoslovakia, with a father of German-Italian background. He studied sociology, history and political science in Freiburg, Hamburg and Istanbul. His research focuses methodological questions of qualitative-heuristic methods, ethnographic fieldwork and processes of in- and exclusion in processes of identity formations. In 1998 he finished his PhD (Doctoral degree) with a qualitativ and heuristic research in sociolinguistics on the subject of Turkish-German mixed language among Turkish and non-Turkish speakers in Hamburg.
He currently works as a consultant and scientific journalist. He does research and provides scientific services, expert opinions, national and international reports on racism and discrimination. Between 2009 and 2010 he was employed by the Ministry of Justice Hamburg, Arbeitsstelle Vielfalt (Hamburg Equality Body), Gender Unit, Masculinities, where he responsible for developing the field of masculinities within the gender unit. In 2007 he was elected to the board of the European Network Against Racisms ? ENAR.
His research covers a wide range of topics such as "Marginalised Majorities in Berlin", "Muslims in Hamburg", "Transformation of Everyday Life of Young People Through Migration" or "Turkish in mix-cultural groups of young adults inside and outside of school".
Zabeen Hirji is RBC's Chief Human Resources Officer with global responsibility for Human Resources as well as Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship. As a member of RBC's Group Executive, she is one of eight executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.
Ms. Hirji joined RBC in 1977, holding progressively senior roles both in British Columbia and in Toronto in Retail Banking, Operations and Credit Cards. Prior to joining Human Resources in 1997, she was Regional Manager Credit Card Operations, Central Canada. She assumed her current role in February 2007.
Ms. Hirji's community leadership includes serving as Co-Chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, member of the Governing Council for the University of Toronto and director of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.
In 2005 she was named a Fellow of Centennial College in recognition of her international leadership in diversity and Ms. Hirji was named Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce in 2010. In 2012, through the Women’s Executive Network, Ms. Hirji was inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame.
Ms. Hirji holds a Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She is a frequent speaker and is often quoted on Talent Management and diversity related topics.
She and her husband live in Toronto and have two children.
Nazia Hussain is director of the At Home in Europe project (AHiE), Open Society Initiative for Europe, Open Society Foundations (OSF). As part of the Foundations’ work on advancing the social inclusion of vulnerable communities in a changing Europe, Nazia has been directing research, advocacy and related grant making on policies and practices on integration and anti-discrimination in 18 European cities since 2007. In 2013, Nazia led the Open Society Foundations Solidarity Now initiative in Greece and, alongside AHiE, is also currently the interim co-director of the OSF Media Program.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Nazia Hussain worked for over eight years in various post-conflict countries. She was deployed as a human rights officer in Afghanistan, based largely in the southern and eastern regions. From 1999 to 2001, she was a human rights officer for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Mitrovica, Kosovo, and then worked for the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) and the OSCE in Macedonia and Croatia respectively. From 2004 to 2005, she was the researcher on Afghanistan for Amnesty International at the International Secretariat.
She holds an MSc in political theory and political sociology and a BA (honours) in English literature.
Ravi is a multi-award-winning actor, director, producer, educator, curator and Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre. His acting credits include the Dora Award-winning SPENT (Theatre Smith-Gilmour/Why Not Theatre/TheatreRUN) and A Brimful of Asha (Why Not Theatre/Tarragon).
In 2011 Ravi was a member of the DiverseCity Fellows program, which aims to diversify leadership across sectors in Toronto. Ravi is engaged in many different arts organizations and creations across the city and the globe, including the programming committee for the Daniels Spectrum as well as the Artist Advisory Committee for ArtReach Toronto. He was recently awarded the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award, is a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company and is the inaugural Artistic Director-in- Residence at the Theatre Centre for 2013. Ravi is also on the roster of clowns for Cirque du Soleil.
Creator and Performer, Why Not Theatre
Asha grew up in New Delhi, India. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree, she married in 1974, which led to her immigration to Canada. While supporting her husband Ramesh in the founding of his own business, she raised two boys, Anurag and Ravi. She is a wonderful mother, wife and now a very funny actor. She is excited to be sharing this story with the world, in order to finally prove her son wrong.
Sunder Katwala is the director of British Future. He has previously worked as a journalist. He was general secretary of the Fabian Society thinktank from 2003 to 2011, and was previously a leading writer and internet editor at the Observer, a research director of the Foreign Policy Centre and commissioning editor for politics and economics at the publisher Macmillan. He celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife, Stacy, in 2011, and is the proud father of four children, Zarina, Jay, Sonny and Indira. His support for Everton and Southend United football clubs reflects an upbringing in Cheshire and Essex, though he was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, to parents who came to Britain from India and Ireland, to work for the NHS.
Kully Kaur-Ballagan is head of the Race, Faith and Cohesion Unit at the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute in London. Kully has over fifteen years’ experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has worked on numerous studies exploring public opinion on issues such as social cohesion, integration and immigration. She also has specialist expertise in how to research diverse and harder to reach audiences, such as new migrants, ethnic minorities as well as refugees and asylum seekers. Kully has worked extensively for a number of British Government departments and public bodies including the Foreign Office, the Home Office, the BBC as well as the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Ulrich Kober is currently Program Director in the area of Integration and Education at the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s headquarters in Germany. He has been with the Bertelsmann Stiftung since 2000. One of the most prominent projects for which Mr. Kober was responsible was a federal competition on innovative integration projects. This competition was initiated by the then President of Germany, Johannes Rau. It resulted in the identification and dissemination of best practice on integration. It also promoted the positive aspects of integration and social cohesion in Germany. He was responsible for the 2008 Carl Bertelsmann Prize which was awarded to the Toronto District School Board for its excellence and equity policy.
Dr Khalid Koser is Deputy Director and Academic Dean at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Research Associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and extraordinary Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Maastricht. Dr Koser is chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration, and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies.
Sara Llewellin is the Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust in the UK. Her career has included ten years as Deputy Director of the City of London’s largest foundation. Before that, she had a career in operating charities including Chief Executive of a major homelessness charity and before that, ran a network of women’s refuge provision in South London.
Sara is Vice Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations, a member of the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre, a Board member of Charity Bank and has served on a number of other national Boards, including the lottery distributors and social investors. Her background is in activism, particularly in the domestic violence movement and in local community family provision.
The Barrow Cadbury Trust is the largest philanthropic foundation of the Cadbury family. With strong Quaker roots, we seek structural changes in the areas of economic, racial, gender and criminal justice. Our Migration Programme seeks to promote migration policy which fair to migrants and to established communities.
Alanna Lockward has excelled as a journalist, classical ballet dancer, author and contemporary arts curator specialized in time-based undertakings. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Lockward is based in Berlin and is the founding director of Art Labour Archives, a decolonial platform for thinking, sensing and doing that facilitates situation specific trans-disciplinary events since 1996, in the US, the Caribbean, Europe and the African continent. Parallel to this, she is also associate curator of the post-migrant theatre space Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and general manager of the Transnational Decolonial Institute. As a curator she has been awarded by the Allianz Cultural Foundation, the Danish Arts Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Photo by Juan Delancer 2014.
Amina has over 22 years experience working in the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in three key English conurbations: Birmingham, London and Manchester. The depth and breadth of this work has enabled Amina to work across sectors as well as working strategically within local, regional and national networks. Much of this experience has been through undertaking outreach work, devising and delivering training and conducting social research with some of the most underserved communities in the country. Amina's personal and professional experiences have shaped her intrinsic commitment to further influencing and shaping public policy and fight social injustice and inequality through all avenues. This led to Amina actively engaging in formal politics to further influence and shape public policy to combat poverty.
Amina is the co-Director of the Social Action & Research Foundation (SARF), which is a think-tank that aims to co-produce policy in order to address poverty. SARF is a social enterprise that involves communities within action research to shape decisions and support local social action to eradicate poverty in all its guises. SARF are well connected to communities and use strategic influence and collaborative networks to develop innovative and evidence-based local projects to address poverty. Work also involves evaluations of services to assess how they can be improved to deliver the most effective support for marginalised people and their families. Amina currently serves as an elected member for Manchester City Council, and holds the position of Deputy Executive Member for Health. She is standing as the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for the 2015 General Election for the North West constituency of Morecambe and Lunesdale. These roles provide further opportunities to deepen her in-depth knowledge and experience of the public policy process in the UK.
Amina was a community observer throughout the evening of the riots in Manchester in 2011, speaking to rioters, witnesses and others caught up in the disturbances. Through SARF, Amina and her co-Director Daniel Silver, published a report entitled ‘A Tale of Two Cities: Complex Causes, Complex Solutions. A response to the August 2011 riots in Salford and Manchester.’ This included primary research with people directly involved in the riots, and through Community Conversations in Salford and Manchester, which engaged over 250 participants from the local community, academics, politicians, police and other local partners. This was built upon to provide a locally-focused and practically orientated report with a foreword by Sir Richard Leese, the Leader of Manchester City Council.
Amina is a Common Purpose graduate, a former Chair of the NW Women's Solidarity Forum, a trustee of the Henna Foundation and a trainer with the national Local Government Association ‘Be a councillor’ programme. Amina is a single-parent of four children.
Barbara Loth is Permanent Secretary of the Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women's Issues for the State of Berlin, and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Employment Agency. As Permanent Secretary, Ms. Loth is responsible for the areas of integration, women, supervision of the Higher State Labour Court of Berlin-Brandenburg and the Berlin Labour Court, anti-discrimination, the fight against right-wing extremism, and Central Services. In 1991, Ms. Loth was appointed Judge of the Berlin Labor Court (1991-2006), in 2006 she was elected as District Councillor for Economic Affairs, Transport and Health in Steglitz-Zehlendorf (2006-2011), and in 2011 became Deputy Mayor and District Councillor for Health, Real Estate and Transport in Steglitz-Zehlendorf before being appointed as Permanent Secretary of the Senate. Ms.Loth is a Member of the Executive Board of the Association of lawyers, Chair of the Steering Committee of the Committee of Economy, Labour and Technology, Member of the trade union ver.di, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of SPD Berlin. Prior to public life, Ms. Loth was Research Fellow at Humboldt-Universität Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. Ms. Loth began her career in labour law with the law firms Schmidt (1985-1986) and Loth (1986-1987). She is originally from the city of Duisburg. Ms. Loth volunteers with a variety of associations including the German Association of Women Lawyers, German Jurists, and Berlin Friends and Sponsors Employment Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow eV.
Dr. Manjula Luthria leads the International Labour Mobility Program in the World Bank’s human development network. This program focuses on providing analytical and technical advice as well as practical support to facilitate the liberalization of global labor markets. She is based at the Center for Mediterranean Integration in Marseilles, France.
Heather McKee and Bas Kools are the founders of LocalSmarts, a small organisation that focuses on learning and living together, and creates creative solutions with cultural value in project regarding education, healthcare, arts & technology. LocalSmarts’s objectives are to seek out areas of the urban environment undergoing transition and integrate contemporary art into the everyday local experience, opening up the role of art as an educational tool for cross-cultural dialog, social integration, and community cultivation. Bas is a designer that works on developing education and healthcare systems and Heather is an urban planner, community organiser and singer-songwriter.
Sebastian Mehling, Researcher and Lecturer of Europa-Universität Viadrina, who is involved in projects in and around Görlitzer Park. His interests are citizenship, civic engagement, and the transformation / democratization of public administration and higher education.
He was born in the American Sector of West-Berlin (Neukölln) and is a fierce local patriot.
Mekonnen Mesghena is policy analyst and head of the department “Migration & Diversity” in the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, a think-tank affiliated with the German Green Party. Major policy areas are Governance of Migration, Citizenship, Social Mobility, Diversity, and Minorities’ Participation in Society and Politics.
Mekonnen Mesghena is a member of various Boards and NGOs across Europe – among others of the Board of Directors at the Migration Policy Group (Brussels) and member of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Panel of the British Council in Germany. He is also a diversity trainer and organizational consultant. From 1995 until 2000, Mekonnen Mesghena coordinated the Foundation?s media policy activities. Having studied Journalism and History, Mekonnen has been freelance writing for various German and international broadcasting stations, weekly magazines and websites. He served as a speaker of the ”Third World Journalists’ Network” in Germany and co-founded the ”German Media Watch” in 1993. In 2006, Mekonnen co-initiated the international architectural exhibition “Asmara – Africa’s Secret Modernist City” which has been shown so far in Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, London, Tel-Aviv, Cairo, Lomé, Lagos, Turin, Bologna and Graz.
Eva Millona is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the state’s largest organization representing the foreign born. She joined MIRA in 1999 and served as Director of Policy and Advocacy and as Deputy Director before becoming Executive Director in 2008, and she is now one of New England’s most highly quoted immigration experts. Prior to MIRA, Ms. Millona directed the refugee resettlement program in Central Massachusetts. In her native Albania, she practiced civil and criminal law, serving on Tirana’s District Court from 1989 – 1992, when she was the nation’s youngest district judge ever appointed.
Ms. Millona is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants, serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and is co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, comprising 12 immigrant rights state coalitions. Working with the Partnership, she hosted and co-chaired the nation’s largest immigrant integration conference in 2010. A graduate of Clark University and of Tirana University School of Law, Ms Millona received the 2007 “Detention Attorney Award” from the Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project, the 2007 “Legal Professional Award” from the National Lawyers Guild, the 2009 “Outstanding American by Choice Award” from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the 2010 Wainwright Bank Social Justice Award, the 2011 Irish International Immigrant Center’s Solas Award, and the 2012 Powermeter Award, presented to the most influential people for Latinos in Massachusetts.
Jonathan Mintz is Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund, a national non-profit organization that supports municipal efforts to help low-income families and individuals achieve long-term financial stability. He also founded and co-chaired the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition (CFE Coalition), which brings together pioneering municipal governments from across the country to advance innovative financial empowerment initiatives on the municipal, state, and national level. At the CFE Fund, Mintz provides resources to local government leaders and their partners across the world looking to expand financial empowerment programs, policies, and research. From 2006-2013, Jonathan served as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), having been appointed to the role by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Per Mouritsen is professor of political theory and citizenship studies in the Department of Political Science and Government at Aarhus University (Denmark), from where he also graduated. He holds a PhD in social and political science from the EUI, Florence, and an M.A. (politics) from Warwick University. Previously he was director of the Center for University Studies in Journalism, Aarhus University, and an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at Copenhagen University. He is a member of the VAM-committee (welfare, work and migration) program committee of the Norwegian Research Council, and a consultant to various NGO’s and private foundations. He works on citizenship, nationalism, republicanism, and the theory and comparative study of integration policy and is currently finishing a big book on the concept of citizenship. He has participated in numerous Danish and European research projects as director or national investigator; including most recently the 7th Framework project ACCEPT PLURALISM and the 6th Framework program EMILIE.
Stefan Müller, who holds a degree in public management from the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration in Hamburg, is responsible for the conception and leading of marketing tasks as well as selection procedures aiming at trainees’ recruitment in terms of training programs and studies. Furthermore he is the project manager of the umbrella campaign ´We are Hamburg! Won’t you join us?´ starting in 2006, when the Hamburg Senate agreed a package of measures to raise the proportion of migrant-origin youngsters training for the Hamburg public service (general administration, tax authority, judicial authorities, police and fire brigade) to a target of 20 per cent.
Svenja Nette studied Liberal Arts and Anthropology in the Netherlands, researched and wrote her Master’s Thesis on Urban Farming in Cape Town/South Africa and since moving to Berlin she works in the Prinzessinnengarten, coordinating various education projects, the guided tours and internal communications.
Dr. Jan Niessen studied sociology at the Amsterdam Free University and is and director of the Brussels based Migration Policy Group, an independent policy agency. His professional activities include designing and conducting international comparative research projects, undertaking feasibility studies and establishing and managing international expertise networks. He advises public and private sector organisations at local, national and international levels on matters related to international migration, immigrant integration, anti-discrimination and diversity. He co-authored the EU Handbooks on Integration and created and managed on behalf of the European Commission the EU Website on Integration and the EU Immigration Portal. He created and co-authored the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), is member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Migration and Law, was founding member of European Anti-discrimination Law Review and co-editor of the book series on immigration and asylum law and policy in Europe.
Ratna Omidvar is President of Maytree, a private foundation that promotes equity and prosperity. Under her leadership, the foundation has gained recognition for its expertise in developing, testing, and implementing programs and policy solutions related to immigration, integration and diversity in the workplace, in the boardroom and in public office. She serves on a number of boards, including the Canadian Club of Toronto, Samara, The Environics Institute, Connect Legal, and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and is the co-chair of DiverseCity. She is the co-editor of the book Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success. Ratna is a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.
Jussi Pajunen is the Mayor of Helsinki. In Februry 2012, he was re-appointed for a second seven-year term. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Pajunen held numerous municipal positions of trust. He served as a member of the City Council in 1997 - 2005 and became a member of the City Board in 1999. In 2003 he assumed the position of Chairman of the City Board, holding it until his appointment as Mayor.
With 40,000 employees, the City of Helsinki is the biggest employer in Finland. Following the Nordic welfare model, Finnish local authorities have an exceptionally wide range of responsibilities. The prime responsibility of the Mayor is the management of the city’s 4.4 billion euro budget.Under Mr Pajunen’s leadership, Helsinki has been developed as a global business hub and centre of knowledge, basing its attractiveness on being Fun and Functional. Mayor Pajunen was personally involved in Helsinki’s successful bid to become World Design Capital in 2012.
Before assuming his duties as Mayor of Helsinki, Jussi Pajunen worked as Managing Director and as Chairman of the Board of the family firm Edvard Pajunen Ltd. Mr Pajunen has a master’s degree from the Helsinki School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Beryl joined Employability Forum from Reed Executive in May 2001, where she gained extensive experience of the recruitment and welfare to work sectors. She was appointed Employability’s Director in 2008 and co-chairs the Refugee Integration Working Group with the Home Office. She is a Trustee of Student Action for Refugees (STAR), has founded a peer support group for leaders in the voluntary sector and is a keen allotment gardener.
Mary W. Rowe is currently Director, Urban Resilience and Livability at Municipal Art Society of New York City, one of the country’s oldest and most successful advocacy organizations, working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Current initiatives include Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, supported by the Knight Foundation, to explore the ever-changing uses of shared places – civic assets including libraries, community centers, settlement houses, and public spaces – in contemporary cities, and the possibilities for new models that enhance their value, ensure their sustainability, and contribute to creating successful cities.
Mary also coordinates the MAS Global Network, a peer-to-peer learning platform connecting urban practitioners contributing to the livability and resilience of cities around the country, continent, and around the world. Previously, she spent five years learning about granular approaches to urban innovation while supporting the New Orleans Institute for Resilience and Innovation, a loose alliance of initiatives that emerged in response to the systemic collapses of 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Originally from Toronto, Mary worked closely for ten years with Avana Capital Corporation and the Maytree Foundation on a variety of urban focused initiatives, and began her career working for the federal government in Canada on policy connections between immigration and employment. She has a particular interest in self-organization in cities, as the underpinning of urban social, economic, cultural and environmental resilience, and is a contributor to several volumes on urban life.
Since July 2011, Ramon Sanahuja has been the director of Immigration and Interculturality at the City of Barcelona. Previously, he was the Director of the Immigration and International Cooperation Department where he was responsible for the Barcelona Intercultural plan. He is the Chairman of the Migration working group of Eurocites on behalf of the city of Barcelona (since 2009). He was re-elected as Chairman in March 2012. These working group includes main cities in Europe like Helsinki, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen. Oslo; Stockholm, Munich, etc. He has participated in many Congress on Immigration issues, Seminaries, University Post degrees (ESADE, University of Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and other Communications and Speeches, locally and internationally.
Doug Saunders is a Canadian-British author and journalist. He is the author of the books Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World (2011) and The Myth of the Muslim Tide (2012) and is the international-affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail. He served as the paper’s London-based European bureau chief for a decade, after having run the paper’s Los Angeles bureau, and has written extensively from East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and North Africa. He writes a weekly column devoted to the larger themes and intellectual concepts behind international news, and has won the National Newspaper Award, Canada’s counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, on five occasions.
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Olaf Scholz was born in Osnabrück in 1958 and graduated from the Hamburg University with a degree in law. In 1975 he joined the Social Democratic Party (SPD) where he has held several senior positions including Deputy Chairman of the party’s youth organization and Secretary General of the party (2002-2004). Currently he is Vice Chairman of the German SPD and Chairman of the Hamburg SPD. He was Member of the German Bundestag (1998-2001, 2002-2011) holding senior positions in the SPD parliamentary group and Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (2007-2009). In 2001 he served as Hamburg’s Minister of the Interior. Since 2011 Olaf Scholz is the First Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Karen Schönwälder is a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, and a professor at Göttingen University. She has published widely on immigrant policies in Germany and Britain in particular, public debates about immigration, on multiculturalism and urban segregation. Her current projects investigate issues of diversity and inter-ethnic interaction in cities and the political incorporation of immigrants.
Mohammed Shafique is the founder of Youth Empowering Parents, an innovative grassroots program that recently won an Intercultural Innovation Award presented by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mohammed currently works at Deloitte Canada as a Management Consultant, where he helped shape the firm’s national innovation strategy. His professional experiences span from mid-market investment banking to commercialization of high-end technologies.
Most recently, Mohammed became an International Advisor for CampHire, an award-winning social-enterprise that unlocks the entrepreneurial potential of refugee camps around the world. He was also recently selected to be a contributing author for 'Youth, Education, and Marginality: Local and Global Expressions', a book that examines the lives of marginalized youth across the world. Mohammed continues to be an active member in the development and advocacy of his old neighbourhood – Regent Park: Canada’s oldest and largest inner-city community.
She has spent 12 years at SKYCITY Entertainment Group, where she held responsibility for the day to day running and growth of all New Zealand operations and for Group Marketing across Australasia.
Her career has also included tenures at Telecom New Zealand and Shell Oil New Zealand.
Heather was previously the Executive Trustee of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, where she spearheaded the development of a new strategic plan to support improved revenue and new investments in rehabilitation and wellbeing for women with breast cancer.
Cordula Simon is Commissioner for Europe for Education, Culture and Sports in the City Council Berlin-Neukölln. She works mainly on Roma integration policies, a big challenge of the district. She holds a Diploma in the field of public administration and has many years of work experience at the city and district level.
Audrey Singer is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, United States. Her areas of expertise include demography, international migration, United States immigration policy, and urban and metropolitan change. Her work currently focuses on the new geography of immigration, the economic, social, political, and civic integration of immigrants, and state and local responses to immigration. The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization that conducts research and provides innovative and practical policy recommendations.
Sister Mimi, a women’s and human rights activist originally from Kenya, who is a supporter of the occupied school near the park, where she helps facilitate communication between the refugees, homeless and socially marginalized in the school and the district administration.
Her motto is simple and clear: Equal rights and Justice for all! She will introduce us to the lives of the black community in and around the park and the occupied school.
Prof. Rita Süssmuth is former President of the German Federal Parliament and former Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Women, Youth and Health.
In 2006 Prof. Süssmuth became the Chair of the EU High Level Group on 'Social Integration of Ethnic Minorities and their full Participation in the Labor Market'. She also joined the OECD Development Center Project 'Gaining from Migration' Advisory Board in Jan 2006. She was member of the Global Commission on International Migration, which presented a report to Kofi Annan in October 2005 called 'Migration in and interconnected World: New Directions for Action'. She is the President of the OTA-University in Berlin.
Prof. Süssmuth was Chair of the Independent Council of Experts on Migration and Integration, appointed by the German Government from May 2003 until December 2004. She is also a member of the Steering Committee, "Intercultural Conflict and Societal Integration" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin and holds a series of other assignments and memberships with national and international bodies. From 2000 to 2001, Prof. Süssmuth presided over the 'Independent Commission on Migration to Germany' which resulted in the July 2001 report on 'Steering Migration and Fostering Integration'.
Prof. Süssmuth has a long distinguished political and academic career. She held several senior positions including Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Member of the German Federal Parliament. She has also been Director of the Research Institute "Woman and Society" and Professor of International Comparative Educational Science at the Universities of Bochum and Dortmund.
Hans Thielemans is a consultant at the Integration Office of the City of Ghent. He graduated as a teacher in primary education and worked for seven years in alternative schools. After that he decided it was time for a change and he started his current job as a consultant on education. In six years he built up expertise in education from primary school to adult and lifelong learning. Other subjects are childcare, higher education, language and introductory courses, adult participation and education policy in general. Last year he became the coordinator of the Ambassador Project. This project works with immigrant volunteers who have overcome barriers and spread the word on how they found employment success.
Daniel Trilling is editor of New Humanist magazine and the author of Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain's Far Right (Verso Books). He writes on racism, culture, migration and refugee issues for a variety of publications including the New Statesman, Guardian and Al Jazeera English.
Prior to joining Maytree, Kim led the Nonprofit Library Commons project at Imagine Canada, developing information sharing networks and tools to support capacity building in Canada’s community sector. Kim’s background in academic, government and public libraries includes eight years working in Ontario’s adult literacy sector. Kim has a Master of Arts and a Master of Information Science from The University of Toronto.
As Minister (Deputy Head of Mission) at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Mr. Walsh works closely with Ambassador Marie Gervais-Vidricaire to deliver on Canada’s strategic priorities in Germany, and oversees Embassy operations as well as those of the Canadian consulates in Munich and Düsseldorf.
Born in London, Ontario, Mr. Walsh grew up in Toronto and studied at McGill University in Montreal before joining Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1995. His previous international assignments include Geneva, Bucharest and Ankara. In Ottawa he has served as Director, North Asia Relations and Regional Policy Coordinator, Middle East/North Africa in addition to assignments in the Non-Proliferation, Arms control and Disarmament division (anti-personnel mines), the North American and Euro-Atlantic Security and Defence Relations division, the Central Europe division and the Southern Europe division.
As the Director of Labour Market Development, Robyn leads the Partnership's talent attraction and retention initiatives, including the Connector Program, as well as other programs such as the Business Leaders’ Roundtable.
With a strong business acumen and considerable sales experience, Robyn has advanced communication skills that allow her to actively engage all levels of decision makers and build productive relationships with a diverse client base. Robyn has a solid background in Human Resources and Recruitment. She has an extensive background in promoting Nova Scotia as the best possible choice for North American and European companies looking to expand into Canada.
In 2012/2013, the Connector Program was replicated in 5 additional communities in Canada for a total of 14 programs. Over the next three years, Robyn has a national mandate to expand the program to 10 new Canadian Communities and three new industry streams. The program has also been adopted internationally by Saint Louis, Missouri, United States.
Robyn has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Christian Wilhelm works as a research assistant at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He studied social sciences at the Humboldt-Universität and European Studies at King’s College London. During two prolonged stays abroad in Hungary and Romania, he worked as a cultural mediator and worked on the implementation of various exhibitions. He is a co-founder member of the theatre collective
Martin Wilhelm is since 2010 Director of Citizens For Europe (CFE), a non-profit and non-partisan NGO promoting participatory democracy and an inclusive society in the European Union. CFE pushes for migrant's political rights, citizen's participation in political decisions (local to European) and diversity in public and private institutions, especially at leadership level (Diversity onBoard). CFE works across Europe at community level with a plethora of local and European partners to empower volunteers, activists, leaders and public officers to improve local realities by applying innovative and collective participatory processes. These include methods that exploit collective intelligence and apply collective leadership such as pro-action café, design thinking, graphic facilitation and others. Social entrepreneurship is key to CFE projects. Martin has been working prior to CFE for public institutions across Europe from Scandinavia to the Western Balkans.
Donna Williams is Chief Audience Development Officer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she developed the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative, the College Group at the Met, and the Mentoring Program, and oversees the Spectrum Initiative. Donna cultivates and maintains the Museum’s relationships with diverse communities, college-age and post-college audiences. She has also assembled two key advisory committees consisting of Museum Trustees, staff, and representatives from multicultural organizations and local colleges and universities facilitating a dialogue between the Museum and all of its constituencies. Ms. Williams is the media spokesperson for the Museum on the topic of diversity in the arts and lectures at many organizations, universities, and conferences throughout Europe, as well as in New Zealand, Qatar, and Israel.
Ms. Williams is a member of the NY Theatre Development Fund and has been a member of ArtTable and served on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. For her extensive work in diversity, Donna has been honored with the One Hundred Black Men’s Robert Mangum Leadership Award, an award from the State of New York for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, The Special Achievement Award from the National Minority Business Council, The Arts and Culture Award from the Turkish Cultural Foundation, The Cultural Achievement Award from the National Black MBA Association, and several proclamations from the City of New York.
Cathy is the Project Leader, DiverseCity onBoard at the Maytree Foundation where she leads the DiverseCity onBoard program and its replication and adaptation both nationally and internationally. The objective of the program is to change the face of leadership by connecting qualified visible minorities and under-represented immigrants to governance positions in the non profit and public sectors. Prior to joining Maytree, Cathy was a Senior Manager in the Ontario Public Service (OPS). Her last 14 years were spent at the Office of Public Guardian and Trustee where she was the Director of Client Services and Deputy Public Guardian and Trustee.
Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, a Masters of Economics from York University and a Masters of Industrial Relations from University of Toronto.
Cathy is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Anne Johnston Health Station, where she chairs the Nominations Committee and is a Member of the Strategic Planning and Quality Committee. She is a former Member of the Allocations and Agency Services Committee of the United Way of Toronto Board of Trustees, a Member of United Way of Toronto’s Agency Review Committee, and serves on numerous United Way of Toronto committees.
Yamawaki Keizo is a professor of Meiji University, Tokyo. He specializes in migrant integration policy. He has advised numerous local governments as well as ministries of the national government. He is best known as the chair of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ committee which produced the first governmental report on migrant integration in 2006. Since 2010, he has worked with the Japan Foundation and the Council of Europe to organize Asia-Europe summits of mayors of intercultural cities. In 2012-2013, he was based in Europe as a visiting fellow of the University of Oxford and that of the Migration Policy Group.
Astrid Ziebarth is the Director of Migration & Society, and is based in the German Marshall Fund’s Berlin office. She coordinates the program development in the areas of research, networking, and leadership development in immigration, integration, and diversity. She is overseeing the three signature projects of the program: 1) the Migration Strategy Group on Global Competitiveness, a high level platform for key stakeholders to exchange on designing coherent policies for the recruitment of talent also considering the development of the sending country, 2) Transatlantic Trends Immigration (TTI), a public opinion poll on migration and integration in Europe and the United States, and 3) the Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (TFMI), a young leaders network for professionals working on immigration, integration and diversity matters. In the past, she coordinated GMF’s grantmaking initiative, the Transatlantic Study Team on Climate Induced.