Speakers

Mekonnen Mesghena (Berlin, Germany)

Department Head Migration & Diversity, Heinrich Böll Foundation

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.

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