Mr. Olatuyi is the director at the Policy Consult – a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in Nigeria. The NGO is dedicated to research, advocacy, capacity building and policy development in international migration, peace building, conflict transformation and Africa regional integration
Among his on-going projects is the “Evaluation of the EU’s external action support in the area of migration (2008-2018) in Nigeria” where he helps finalize the project agenda for the country’s assessments of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges to migration projects’ performance between (2008 and 2018). Also, he is one of the key Experts on the Review of Nigeria’s 2014 Migration Profile. In February 2020, he assisted in disaggregating complex migration configurations leading to the development of National Action Plan for the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) in Nigeria.
Areas of Expertise::Diaspora and development • Migration and labour market policies • Policy development
Language::• English • French • Yoruba
Mr. Alain Koum is a diplomat, expert in Migration and Development, Diaspora and local development matters. He holds a Master’s in Diplomacy under the Economic Cooperation option from the Institut des Relations Internationales (IRIC) at the Unviersité de Yaoundé, Cameroon. Since 2013, he has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Cameroonians abroad, foreigners in Cameroon, Refugees et Migration Matters) as a support staff for many of the ministry’s projects
Email:Areas of Expertise::• Migration
Language::• English • French
Mr. Ndiaye completed his BA studies in English at University Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, after which he graduated in Education and Applied Pedagogy in École Normale Supérieure (Dakar). In the 90’s, he followed different international trainings in New Delhi (NIEPA) and Paris (IIEP) in educational planning and administration. After a few years of teaching, he grew interested in public policies applied to development questions. This interest has completely changed the trajectory of his career.
Areas of Expertise::• Migration and development • International relations • Engineering
Language::• French • English
David Yawo-Mensah Tette graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 1998 with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry before furthering his career in Germany at the Technical University of Berlin in 1990 with an M.Sc. in Food Technology. After obtaining his Masters degree, he returned home to engage as a freelance local consultant for the Swiss Import Promotion Program while at the same time acting as Counsellor for the Returning Experts Program for the Center for International Migration (CIM) in Ghana.
Areas of Expertise::• Migration • Diaspora
Language::• English • German
Prof. Aly Tandian is Lecturer and Researcher in Sociology at the University Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis in Senegal, a Titular Lecturer for African Universities of the Conseil African et Malagache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) and a Lecturer at the European Academy in Berlin, Germany. To date, he defended a doctoral thesis in sociology at the University of Toulouse 2 Le Mirail in France where he later taught for several years before joining the Sociology department of Gaston Berger University. Through his academic career, Mr. Tandian has supervised many doctoral theses in Senegal, Spain and France.
Areas of Expertise::• Migration • Policy development
Language::• English • French • Spanish • Pulaar • Wolof
Felicity Okoth is a migration specialist with 5 years of research and pedagogic experience drawn from working with think tanks based in East Africa. She is a research officer at the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC) and a Tutorial Fellow in the Department of Political Studies/Communication Studies at Moi University. She teaches undergraduate courses touching on International Migration and Intercultural Relations in the Department of Political Science on a part-time basis and, the Department of Communication Studies. Felicity holds a master’s degree in International Migration and Ethnic Relations from Malmo University, Sweden and is currently pursuing a Ph.D., which focuses on refugee resilience in Kalobeyei Settlement-Kenya.
Areas of expertise::• Migration
Language::• English • Kiswahili • Luo • Swedish
Dr. Linda Adhiambo Oucho is an established migration expert leading the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), a research think tank leading policy-based research on migration and development issues in Eastern Africa and beyond. In addition to her position as the Executive Director at AMADPOC, Dr. Oucho is also a Research Advisor for “Gendering Migration: Women and Girls Experiences of Gender base Discrimination, Abuse and Violence across Migratory Stages” at Masstrict Univrsity in the Netherland. She holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick, where she specialized in international migration of African Women. Her research focuses on internal regional migration patterns within Eastern Africa including projects related to poverty, climate change and more recently youth, employment and migration. In addition, she supports countries to develop their national migration policies in line with the guiding principles outlined in the African Union, Migration Policy Framework for Africa (2018).
Areas of Expertise::• Migration • Gender
Dr. Mary B. Setrana is a Senior lecturer at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Legon whereas the first female lecturer to be appointed to this position. Her Masters and PhD theses focused on exploring pre-post experiences and activities of return migrants to Ghana (Both voluntary and involuntary migrants). Her PhD in Migration Studies was a sandwich program between Radboud University, the Netherlands, and the University of Ghana. She teaches qualitative migration research methods, gender and migration, transnational migration and diasporas and social change, migration and development among others.
Areas of Expertise::• Migration • Development • Policy
Language::• English • French • Arabic • Twi
Mehdi Lahlou is a Doctor of State in Economic Sciences, University Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France), 1982. He received his Bachelor of Economics at Mohamed V University, Rabat where he is now a professor and associate researcher. Dr. Lahlou has in-depth knowledge of the issue of international migration and analyses the various migratory flows in the Mediterranean and between the Maghreb and the EU. He is carrying out numerous studies on this subject, with the support of academic and research entities (such as IUE in Florence, IAi in Rome, ICMPD in Vienna, IEMed in Barcelona, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, etc…), and drafted numerous reports with the support of the Moroccan Ministry in charge of SRM and migration affairs, the International Labor Office or German Cooperation (GIZ)
Areas of Expertise::• Migration • International relations
Language::• English • French • Arabic
Dr. Leander Kandilige is a Senior Lecturer, Postgraduate Course Coordinator and Examinations Officer at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana. He obtained his DPhil. (PhD.), MSt., PGCert., MA and BA qualifications from the University of Oxford, University of Southampton and University of Ghana respectively. His areas of academic research interest include: Global South-North migratory movements and their effects on policy formulation; migration-development nexus and implications for developing countries; migration and population dynamics; migration, globalisation and development; labour migrations in Africa and theories of migration.
Areas of Expertise::• Migration • Development
Dr. Tewabech Bishaw is a passionate Public Health Specialist with over 40 years of national, international and global work in public health leadership, program design, management, strategy and policy development, training and human resource development, advocacy, and institutional and community capacity strengthening. She is a human rights advocate, gender and culture sensitive social entrepreneur who was born in Jimma, Ethiopia, and whose career began as a primary school teacher.
Areas of Expertise::• Public health • Human rights
Language::• English • Amharic
Dr. Yera Dembele is an international consultant on migration and development issues since 2013, President of Fédération Euro-Africaine de Solidarité (FEASO) and Secretary General of Afrique-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT). He has university experience and field practice used in the design and implementation of teaching in the field of social sciences and statistical analysis. His previous experiences have enabled him to develop partnerships, collaborations and contractual relationships, including internationally, and to supervise student projects, master’s theses and engineering and professional internships.
Eyachew Tefera is a committed and resourceful executive director of the Institute for African studies – IAS. His diversity of knowledge includes more than 10 years of experience in diaspora capacity development, international development strategy and policy-making, fundraising and staff management. He has years of experience in research on Africa, Europe and globally on topics like: Climate change & climate modelling, new materials & innovation, environmental management & policy, ODA, the pros & cons of migration, integration, human trafficking, SDG, PAD (People of African Descent), Diaspora engagement & policy development, capacity building, community development, geo-political analysis & governance, remittances for development, justice & human right, as well as advocacy; all from an African perspective and “righting the wrong” in all its forms.
Areas of Expertise::• Diaspora capacity development • International development strategy • Policy-making
Fatma Khalaf’s my trainings were across law and jurisdiction field and she developed, since her early years at the university, an extreme sensitivity to the theme of the effectiveness of the law and an attachment to the principles of human rights, in general, and the rights of migrants, in particular.
She holds a master’s degree in public international law, and her dissertation topic was “the protection of civilians in armed conflicts”, including the protection of refugees and displaced persons.
Areas of Expertise::• Migration • Human rights
Language::• English • French • Arabic • German
Abe Oluwafemi holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Political Analysis from the National Research University, Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russia, and in 2017, submitted a thesis on ‘Anti Human Trafficking policies in Nigeria and Russia: Case of sex slavery,’ to the department. Since 2019, Femi has been collaborating as a Research Fellow with the University IUAV Venice on the INSigHT Action, a project sponsored by the European Commission and implemented by the International Center for Migration and Policy Development (ICMPD)
Areas of Expertise::• Human trafficking
Language::• English • French • Yoruba • Russian
Papa Balla Ndong holds a Masters in International Migration from the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Valencia Spain. He is an Intercultural Social Mediator accredited by the Valencia government Spain. He has worked at Solans Abogados. He has been the Project Manager of the Valencian Migrant Gastronomic Guide of the Robert Bosch Foundation. He has coordinated several European projects in the fields of culture, tourism, urban, and creative bureaucracy
Areas of Expertise::• Migration
Language::• English • French • Spanish
Mr. Kamtamdjou is a Civil Society Expert with 10 years of experience in advocacy, participatory research, and development of methods for social transformation, advocacy on human rights and the promotion of development initiatives led by the diaspora. As a holder of a Master’s in public law from the University of Yaoundé II Soa, he began his career as an advocacy
Areas of Expertise::• Diaspora and development • Analysis and monitoring of public policies • Human rights
Adams Bodomo is a University Professor of African Studies (holding the Chair of African Languages and Literatures) at the University of Vienna, Austria – the first Black person to occupy this top academic position in an Austrian university. He is also Deputy Head of the University’s Department of African Studies and Director of the Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS) Research Platform at the University.
Areas of Expertise::• Migration • Diaspora • Languages
Language::• English • French • Swahili
Bachir Hamdouch holds a State Doctorate in economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a graduate of Sciences Po Paris. He was a professor of higher education (PHE) at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA) and at Mohammed V-Rabat University. He has also taught at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, the University of Quebec in Montreal, and the Hassan II University in Casablanca. He specializes in international economic relations, economics and development policies and international migration.
Areas of Expertise::• International economic relations • Policy development • Migration
Professor Bolade Eyinla holds a doctorate degree in History from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague. In the last 32 years, he gathered working experience in training, policy and applied research and capacity development at national and international levels in the area of democracy and governance; foreign and development aid policy analysis; migration and development. He has ten years of practical working experience in Nigeria and across West Africa in election management, as well as in the monitoring and observation of the electoral process based on the Electoral Cycle approach with specific reference on the assessment of EMB election preparedness.
Areas of Expertise::• International relations • History
Language::• English • German • Yoruba
Dr. Boubakri has in-depth knowledge in issues of migration, investments, and development in the regions of origin and destination societies. He is carrying out various studies on this subject, such as his leadership in the revision of Tunisia’s SNM (Stratégie Nationale Migratoire/ National Migration Strategy), the “Update of the National Migration Strategy” launched by the National Migration Study and Funded by the ICMPD (International Centre for Migration Policy Development) and the EU, and the “MC2C” (Migration City to City in the Mediterranean) UN Habitat-ICMPD-UCLG (United Cities & Local Governments) project .
Professor Joseph Kofi Teye is the Director of the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) of the University of Ghana. He is also an Associate Professor of Migration and Development in the Department of Geography and Resource Development of the University of Ghana. He holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Leeds and a Master of Philosophy Degree in Social Change from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His current research interests include migration and development, migration policy development, environmental change and migration, and natural resource governance.
Ms. Ndioro Ndiaye is Minister Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal, current Coordinator of the Francophone Network for Gender Equality (RF-EFH), President of the Non-Governmental Organization Alliance for Migration, Leadership and Development. She is also a member of the Academy of Sciences and Techniques of Senegal and holder of the Chair of Dental Public Health of the Faculty of Pharmacy Medicine and Odontostomatology of the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD).
Areas of Expertise::• Public health • Gender • Migration and development
Mr. Yordanos S. Estifanos is a graduate with MA in European Masters in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR) at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. He also earned MSc. in Population Studies from Addis Ababa University. He was a research fellow at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) in Germany researching on Transnational Migration, and a visiting scholar at the University of Bonn for the Spring School on “Global Transformation towards Sustainability”. Furthermore, Mr. Estifanos recently completed a researcher project on “Migration Industries in Transnational Migration Project” coordinated by the University of Sussex, in UK. He has a wealth of research experience, especially in irregular migration from Ethiopia to South Africa.
Areas of Expertise:Migration • Climate change, population and development
Fatma Khalaf is trained in the law and jurisdiction field, which she has developed, since her early years at the university. She had an extreme sensitivity to the theme of the effectiveness of the law and an attachment to the principles of human rights, in general, and the rights of migrants, in particular. She holds a master’s degree in public international law, and her dissertation topic was “the protection of civilians in armed conflicts”, including the protection of refugees and displaced persons.
Fatma’s professional experience with the Tunisian section of the French NGO, France Terre d’Asile, as head of the permanence for the reception and accompaniment and in charge of an operational assistance to migrants has allowed her to not only to immerse herself in migration issues, to identify the various problems that the migrant public meets in Tunisia and to develop evolving modes of protection and accompaniment adapted to the current context of the country. This daily work is accomplished in close cooperation with a diversified network of international organizations (IOM, UNHCR, etc.) and Tunisian associations for the defense of human rights. This expertise has been further confirmed within GIZ in the framework of the “Migration for Development” program, while considering the political stakes of the issue.
Areas of Expertise:• Migration • Human rights
Language::• English •French •Arabic •German
Tsedeke Lambore is a seasoned migration researcher at Wachemo University, Ethiopia, wherein he is working as a Research and Community Service Vice-President. With a background study in applied statistics, he is interested in the application of statistical modeling in international migration. Exemplar par excellence is his Ph.D thesis, “Generalized Linear Mixed Modelling of Determinants of International Migration from the Southern Ethiopia: Small Area Estimation Approach”. He has extensive experience in teaching and advising postgraduate students for more than a decade
Areas of Expertise:• Migration •Statistical modelling
Country:• English • Amharic • Hadiyisa • Kembatisa
Frank Ulrich Haldjeng Nkomba is a Cameroonian diplomat in charge of monitoring migration issues within the Ministry of External Relations of Cameroon. His academic career covers the topics of human rights, international relations, and public law. Expert in the protection of the rights of migrants after training at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law of Sanremo in Italy, he is also an eligibility officer at the Technical Secretariat of the bodies for the management of the status of refugees in Cameroon. He is currently the national focal point for carrying out the study on return, readmission, and reintegration programs in Africa, initiated by the African Union (since June 2020).
Areas of Expertise:• Human rights •International relations •Public law • Migration
Language::•English • French •Arabic
Specialized in Entrepreneurship and Innovation for over 20 years, Dr. Hicrhi is an Associate Professor at the University of Sfax. She holds a PhD from the University of Aix-Marseille II (the Quantitative Economics Research Group of Aix-Marseille (GREQAM)) and the University of Tunis El Manar (Laboratory of Economics and Industrial Management (LEGI) of the Polytechnic School of Tunis).
Areas of Expertise:• Entrepreneurship • Development
Language::• Arabic • English • French
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