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Who We Are



Maruja Asis (Philippines), Pablo Ceriani (Argentina), Jana Costachi (Moldova), Anastasia Crickley (Ireland), Abdelhamid El Jamri (Morocco/France), Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanon), Don Flynn (UK), August Gächter (Austria), Pedro Gois (Portugal), Eivind Hoffmann (Norway), Irina Ivakhnyuk (Russian Federation), Olga Kadysheva (Russian Federation), Guillermo Kerber (Uruguay/Geneva), Nunu Kidane (USA), Monami Maulik (USA/India), Mamadou Niang (Mauritania), Nicola Piper (Germany/Australia), Yelena Sadovskaya (Kazakhstan), Lisa Simeone (USA), Ahmadou Tall (Senegal), Patrick Taran (USA/Geneva), Piyasiri Wickramasekara (Sri Lanka), Bridget Wooding (UK/Dominican Republic), John Wrench (UK/Norway).



Violeta Correa (Argentina), Elena Dingu-Kyrklund (Sweden), Khadija Elmadmad (Morocco), Genevieve Gencianos (Philippines/France), Ibrahima Guisse (Senegal/Geneva), Joyce Jett (in memorium; USA/Geneva), Ray Jureidini (Lebanon), Sadhana Manik (South Africa), Juliana Masabo (Tanzania), Mohamed Saib Musette (Algeria), Marius Olivier (South Africa), Petra Snelders (The Netherlands), Dylan Terry (Jordan), Katherine Youtz (USA/London)



Gervais Appave (International Organization for Migration - IOM), John Bingham (International Catholic Migration Commission- ICMC), Stephen Castles (University of Sydney), Vincent Chetail (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Ryszard Cholewinski (International Labour Office - ILO), Claire Courteille (International Labour Office - Brussels Office), Raul Delgado Wise (Red Desarrollo y Migraciones), Sherif Elsayed (Amnesty International), Bimal Ghosh, William Gois (Migrant Forum in Asia - MFA), Katja Hujò (UN Research Institute on Social Development - UNRISD), Prasad Kariyawasam (UN Migrant Workers Committee), Jin Sook Lee (Building & Woodworkers International Union - BWI), Michele LeVoy (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migration - PICUM), Jan Niessen (Migration Policy Group - MPG), Pia Oberoi (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - OHCHR



Patrick Taran (President), Evalyn Tennant (Executive Coordinator), Beier Lin and Arnaud Bertin (2015 Research Associates)


Maruja Asis

     Maruja Milagros B. Asis is Director of Research and Publications at the Scalabrini Migration Center. She is a sociologist who has long been working on international migration and social change in Asia. Her recent research includes the study of the health and well-being of children in the Philippines (which is part of a four-country study on health and migration in Southeast Asia), capacity-building of migrants' associations and Philippine government institutions as development partners, the impact of government regulations on the protection of foreign domestic workers, the assessment of pre-departure information programs for migrants, and the displacement of Filipino workers from the Middle East and North Africa. She is Co-editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. She has authored various publications and has participated in many international conferences. Prior to joining the Center, she was Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines.

Pablo Ceriani

     Pablo Ceriani Cernadas is Coordinator of the Migration and Human Rights Program at the Center for Human Rights of the National University of Lanús, Argentina (UNLA). He is Professor of Human Rights of Migrants, with degrees from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Law School and Masters on International Migration Policies from UBA and on Human Rights from UNLA. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Valencia, Spain. The research team he coordinates has a focus on rights of children in the context of migration, at global, regional and national (Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala) levels. Since 2009, he provides technical assistance to UNFPA (UN Fund for Population Activities) on sexual and reproductive health of women and adolescent migrants and to UNICEF on rights of children in the context of migration. From 2002 to 2006, he coordinated the Legal Clinic for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Argentina. He played critical roles in adoption of the Argentina migration law in 2003 and ratification of the ICRMW in 2007 He co-coordinated publication of Políticas Migratorias y Derechos Humanos (UNLA, 2009).

Jana Costachi

     Jana Costachi is former Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family of Moldova. With a Ph.D. in sociology, she has been Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest, Romania (2006-2007) and Associate Professor at the Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan (2010-2011). She has many years experience in promoting social justice and preventing social exclusion of vulnerable people with specific focus on family policies, labour migration issues, equal opportunities, and trafficking in human beings. She has served as Senior Migration Policy Adviser, Chief Technical Adviser, and National Projects Coordinator for ILO. Over the last five years she held executive posts in ILO Technical cooperation projects covering Albania, Moldova and Ukraine and Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. She has been member of various Governmental Working Groups, Expert Groups and Task Forces. As President of the Association of Women in Legal Careers in Moldova and Director of the Centre for Prevention of Trafficking in Women, Ms Costachi has pioneered mechanisms for access to justice and employment opportunities for victims of trafficking.

Anastasia Crickley

     Anastasia Crickley is Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM). She is currently member for Ireland of the United Nations treaty supervisory Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). In her work, Anastasia integrates academic and professional approaches. She is a founder member of the European Network against Racism. She has long been involved in work with Travellers in Ireland through Pavee Point (National Travellers Centre) which she co-founded and chairs, as well as other groups. She convenes the Community Sector Sub-Group of the Community Workers Co-Operative and is a Board Member of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. Anastasia is Irish Representative and was former chair of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and was Personal Representative of the Chair in Office of the OSCE on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, also focusing on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and Members of Other Religions from 2004-2008. Anastasia did Professional Studies at University College Swansea and further postgraduate studies at the University of Bradford.

Tamirace Fakhoury

     Tamirace Fakhoury is Assistant Professor in Political Sciences and International Affairs at Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut. She holds a PhD. in Political Sciences from Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and Masters in International Affairs from LAU. From 2003 to 2007, she was scientific researcher at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute for Socio-political Research in Freiburg and lecturer at the University of Freiburg. Prior to 2011, she was Research Fellow in charge of the socio-political module in CARIM (Consortium for the Applied Research on International Migration) at the Migration Policy Center of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. In 2010/2011, she held a Jean Monnet Fellowship at EUI for research on the interface between Arab World Diasporas and political change. In spring 2011 she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of California in Berkeley. In summer 2012, she was Visiting Assistant Professor in International and Area Studies at UC, Berkeley. Her core research areas include Migration policies and migration governance in the Euro-Arab Mediterranean zone.

Don Flynn

     Don Flynn is the Director of the Migrants Rights Network (MRN) in the UK. He leads the organisation's strategic development and coordinates MRN's policy and project work. He is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and lectures on politics of immigration, policy analysis, and global justice issues. Don founded MRN after many years’ experience of working with migrant community organisations through his previous roles as policy advisor and immigration caseworker in London. He also chairs the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).

August Gächter

     August Gächter has been employed at the Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna, Austria, since 2002. He has been involved in research on the integration of immigrants since 1989. Since 1998 he has been a consultant to the ILO International Migration Program and other international organizations on projects including the migration of the highly skilled to and from Bulgaria, labour market audits in Italy, Sweden and France, the creation of a database on anti-discrimination activities by local communities, trade unions, employer organisations, companies, NGOs and states, the creation of criteria for the evaluation of anti-discrimination practices, and a global overview of discrimination against migrant workers around the world during 2007-2011. He taught introductory social sciences methodology for undergraduates in the international development programme of the University of Vienna. Born 1958 in Austria, he graduated from the University of Vienna in sociology in 1986. Profile in German at:

Eivind Hoffmann

     Eivind Hoffmann joined the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in February 2004 as head of its Statistics and Analysis Division. From February 2011 to February 2014 he represented UDI in the Norwegian Contact Point for the European Migration Network (NO EMN NCP). Since retiring from UDI he has been working as an independent consultant, advising on statistics on international migration (for IOM supported projects) as well as labour statistics (for ILO supported projects).  Assignments for UDI have involved support for UDI’s EMN involvement and R&D projects sponsored by UDI. From January 2015 he is supporting the Norwegian National ID-Center’s work to present statistics on the control of foreigners’ identity, and advising on the quality requirements for the data used to produce relevant statistics as well as possibilities for calculating the social costs of identity fraud by foreigners in Norway. Prior to joining UDI, Hoffmann worked in the Bureau of Statistics of the International Labour Office (ILO) 1984-2003, where he developed and provided guidance on a wide range of standards and methods for labour statistics, including ISCO-88, ICSE-93 and the direct use of administrative records for statistics, in particular statistics on the international migration of workers. Before joining the ILO he worked as research coordinator for spatial data in the Norwegian Computing Centre (NR) (1981-84). In Statistics Norway (1968-81) he headed its section for labour, environmental and regional statistics from 1974.

Irina Ivakhnyuk

     Irina Ivakhnyuk is Professor and Deputy-Director of the Department of Population at the Faculty of Economics of the Lomonosov Moscow State University; she is researcher of theoretical and applied aspects of international migration with special focus on the Eurasian migration system in the Research Framework of the Faculty of Economics. She is member of the Russian Federation Government Commission on Migration Policies and member of Expert Council of the Federal Migration Service. She is author and lecturer in the course "World Labour Markets and International Labour Migration: the Space for Russia" for Master students and Executive Secretary of the book series "International Migration of Population: Russia and the Contemporary World" (founded in 1998). She is Deputy-Head of the Lomonosov Moscow State University' Scientific Research Coordinating Council on "Population and Sustainable Development" and has been guest lecturer at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California, USA and at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Recent projects include participating in the Observatory "Migrations East of Europe" (CARIM-East) of the European University Institute and elaboration of Training Modules under IOM auspices.

Guillermo Kerber

     Guillermo Kerber is an Ethicist with doctoral degree on Sciences of Religion, with broad international experience in ecology and climate change, reconciliation after violent conflict situations, Responsibility to Protect (R2P), and Human and Victims' Rights. Since 1999 he has been Programme Executive at the World Council of Churches for Human Rights, Migration, and environment and climate change issues. He is a Member of the Board of the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA) and is President of the Executive Committee of the International Network on Human Rights. Previous responsibilities included serving as Member of the Board of the Life and Peace Institute, as Professor at the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay and Professor and Researcher at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay. He studied at the Universidade Metodista de São Paulo and the Instituto Teologico del Uruguay. He has been programme manager of projects and organizer of conferences, seminars and workshops in Africa, Asia, Latin and North America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific. His specializations include Social Ethics, International Affairs, Ecology, Climate change, Liberation theologies, Interfaith cooperation.

Nunu Kidane

     Nunu Kidane is the past-Director of Priority Africa Network, a progressive organization based in the San Francisco/Bay Area.  For nearly three decades, she has worked on issues of global policy analysis as relates to Africa. She has written on militarism, resource extraction, migration, and social, economic and racial justice for various publications including Crisis Magazine and Monthly Review. In January 2012, Nunu was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work with the African diaspora. She is founding member of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and the Pan African Network in Defense of Migrants Rights (PANiDMR). Nunu has been the voice for enhanced transnational dialogue on immigration, globalization and race, culture and identity, participating in UN forums on migration, People’s Global Action on Migration, and civil society inputs into the High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development. She is a graduate of the University of California in Berkeley where she resides with her husband and children.

Monami Maulik

     Monami Maulik has been a leader and grassroots organizer in the fields of migrant rights, racial justice, and global justice for over 18 years. She holds a Masters in Public Administration in Human Rights from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a bachelors degree in International Development, Women’s Studies, and South Asian Studies from Cornell University. In 2000, Ms. Maulik founded DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving (now The South Asian Organizing Center) as one of the first South Asian migrant workers’ rights organizations in the U.S. and the diaspora.  She served as the Executive Director developing campaigns and leading national and global alliance work for more than a decade. She currently serves as a board member of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the US Human Rights Network, and is a member of the Women and Global Migration Working Group and the NGO Coordinating Committee on Migration. In 2012, Ms. Maulik launched the Global South Asian Migrant Workers Alliance. She was a 2013 recipient of U.S. Human Rights Movement Builders Awards from the U.S. Human Rights Network.

Mamadou Niang

     Mamadou Souleymane Niang est le chef du département des relations extérieures et de la coopération de la Confédération Générale des Travailleurs de Mauritanie (CGTM) depuis 2005, chargé de la migration ; à ce titre il est le coordinateur du centre guide pour la migration créé par la CGTM en collaboration avec l'Union Générale du Travail (UGT) d'Espagne depuis octobre 2008. Mr Niang est également membre du conseil économique et social (CES) de la Mauritanie depuis 2009 où il représente les syndicats. Mr Niang est également membre du comité de suivi du forum social maghrébin depuis 2006 qui regroupe toute la société civile maghrébine. Il est en même temps le coordinateur d'un programme commun CGTM Mauritanie et CNTS Sénégal de renforcement des capacités des organisations des travailleurs en matière de défense des droits de la main d'œuvre migrante. Mr Niang est également membre du comité international de promotion de la charte mondiale des migrants qui a été adoptée en 2011 à Gorée au Sénégal, en marge du Forum social mondial.

Nicola Piper

     Nicola Piper is Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia, where she heads the postgraduate programme on Human Rights and Democratisation in the Asia Pacific in the Department of Sociology. She also maintains the role of Senior Research Fellow (political sociology) at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute at Freiburg University and of external advisor on migration research at the UN Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva. She has published extensively on gendered migration, migrant rights and global governance of migration. Among her latest publications are the edited volumes New Perspectives on Gender and Migration: Livelihoods, Rights, and Entitlements (2008), South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development (with Katja Hujo, 2010) and the co-authored book Critical Perspectives on Global Governance: Rights and Regulation in Governing Regimes (with Jean Grugel, 2007). Since 2010, she has been editorial board member of the international peer-reviewed journal Refugee Survey Quarterly. She regularly carries out background research and advisory consultancies for the UN, various INGOs and the global union BWI.

Yelena Sadovskaya

     Yelena Sadovskaya is an international consultant in migration and migration policies in Kazakhstan and Central Asia based in Almaty (Kazakhstan). She is a Research Council on CIS Migration Studies expert at the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), and an author of a number of comparative studies on migration in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). She holds Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Kazakh State University (Kazakhstan) where she also completed her postdoc research. In 1993-97, as Head of the Population Department at the Research Institute of the Ministry of Labor of Kazakhstan, she was actively involved in the development of the first State Migration Policy Concept and Programme of newly sovereign Kazakhstan, and consulted other governmental bodies on migration policies.  From 1998-2005 expert affiliated with the International Organization for Migration, and from 2005 onwards produced analytical reports on migration/labour migration and migration policies for IOM, ILO, UNFPA, the European Commission, World Bank and other international organizations. Her research interests include labour and irregular migration; migration between China and Central Asia; remittances and development, migrant workers’ rights, migration governance, civil society and others. As a co-founder of a local NGO, Centre for Conflict Management, she also has considerable experience as a civil society activist working on education and policy issues around conflict prevention, refugees and human rights throughout Central Asia and wider CIS. Recent publications include dozens of articles and three books on International Labour Migration in Central Asia (2013), Chinese migration to Kazakhstan (2014) and Challenges and Opportunities of China’s Economic Presence and Chinese migration to Central Asia (2012).    

Lisa Simeone

     Lisa Simeone is Secretary of Global Migration Policy Associates; she is lecturer and doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago, completing her dissertation on economic, sociolegal, and political dimensions of immigration from Subsaharan Africa to the United States. Lisa has more than twenty years experience working in the migration field as educator, organizer, and policy specialist. She has taught at university and community levels in Chicago and Mexico. In the 1990s, she directed legislative campaigns with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, and provided guidance and training to public administrators in areas of immigration, health, and domestic violence. From 2000 to 2004 she headed the Region V Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lisa has collaborated with the International Labor Organization (ILO) since 2004 as project officer and consultant. Forthcoming publications include The Rights of the Immigrant "Otherclass": An International Framework on Non-Discrimination, Equality of Opportunity and Integration; and International Migration: A Guide for Employers and their Organizations. She is a member of the American Anthropological Association.

Ahmadou Tall

     Ahmadou Tall est membre du Comité d'Experts des Nations Unies pour la protection des droits de tous les travailleurs migrants et des membres de leur famille où il occupe les fonctions de Rapporteur. M. TALL est conseiller Juridique au Millenium Challenge Account-Sénégal. Magistrat de formation, M. TALL est titulaire d'une Maîtrise en Sciences Juridiques et du Brevet de l'École Nationale d'Administration et de Magistrature à Dakar. Il a obtenu le Diplôme d'Études Spécialisées en Droit international des droits de l'Homme à l'Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgique). Juge au Siège, M. TALL a été Président de Chambre civile et Commerciale, et Président de la Chambre spécialisée chargée des Procédures Collectives au Tribunal Régional Hors Classe de Dakar. Il a été Auditeur à la Cour de Cassation du Sénégal (1999 - 2002), et Chef du Guichet des Droits de l'Homme au sein du Haut-Commissariat aux Droits de l'Homme et à la Promotion de la Paix de la Présidence de la République. Il était aussi Conseiller technique au Ministère de la Justice et Coordonnateur de la Cellule d'Exécution administrative et financière (CEDAF).

Patrick Taran

     Patrick Ayres Taran is President of Global Migration Policy Associates. He has 35 years full-time professional experience in international migration, immigration, refugee resettlement and discrimination/integration work at local, national and global levels. From 2000 to 2011 he was Senior Migration Specialist at the International Labour Office (ILO). He was Secretary for Migration at the World Council of Churches 1990 to 1998; in 1994 he co-founded Migrants Rights International (MRI) and was program officer for the IOM-ILO-UNFPA-UNITAR International Migration Policy Programme 1998-2001. He established and directed the South American Refugee Program in Seattle (1976-1980) and was programme executive at the Immigration and Refugee Program of the National Council of Churches USA 1980 to 1990. His degree majors were social work and Latin America studies at Friends World College/State University of New York. He currently teaches at Geneva School of Diplomacy and the ILO International Training Centre, Turin. Recent publications include Strengthening Migration Governance, ILO-OSCE (editor), International Migration, Social Cohesion and Development: An Integrated Approach, Council of Europe, and Handbook on Establishing Effective Labour Migration Policies; Mediterranean edition, OSCE-IOM-ILO (coauthor-editor).

Piyasiri Wickramasekara

     Dr. Piyasiri Wickramasekara is Vice-President of Global Migration Policy Associates; he is an internationally recognized expert in development, migration and employment issues. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK). He joined the International Labour Organization in 1985 and was Senior Migration Specialist 2001 to 2010. He was Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Sri Lanka, 1968-1984. He has directed research and technical assistance and provided advisory services on employment, poverty alleviation, labour market polices and international migration across Asia, West and Southern Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. His expertise covers: Asian labour migration, governance of migration, migration and development, circular migration, rights of migrant workers, irregular migration, and migration statistics. He steered development of the National Labour Migration Policy in Sri Lanka in 2007-08. He was co-drafter of the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration (2006) and co-authored International labour migration: A rights-based approach (ILO 2010). Recent publications include "Circular Migration: A triple win or a dead end?" and "Labour migration in South Asia: A review of issues, policies and practices."

Bridget Wooding

     Bridget Wooding (D.Phil University of Oxford) is a Migration Studies scholar based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is the first Coordinator of the Observatory Caribbean Migrants (OBMICA), established in 2008 as a think tank on migrations affecting the Caribbean region, under the academic aegis of the Latin American Social Sciences Faculty (FLACSO Dominican Republic) and the Iberoamerican University, based in Santo Domingo. Previously, she worked with international cooperation organisations, covering many areas of Latin America - initially as a desk officer from Oxford and, finally, based in the Caribbean region. Currently she lectures on migration issues at local Universities and also carries out independent consultancies. Following her early interests on Dominico-Haitian relations and especially the topic of Haitian immigration to the Dominican Republic, her research interests have widened to include migration and gender issues, migrations from a rights perspective as well as migration and the environment in the Caribbean region. Several of her publications are available in English, Spanish, and French.

John Wrench

     John Wrench is Professor II in the Centre for Diversity and Inclusion at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Until 2010 he was senior researcher at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna responsible for European comparative research projects and the Annual Reports of the Agency that present an overview of developments in the area of racism, xenophobia and discrimination, as well as other fundamental rights issues, in the EU each year. He has researched and published in the area of ethnic discrimination and inclusion in the labour market at a European comparative level, first at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, and later at the Danish Centre for Migration and Ethnic Studies, University of Southern Denmark. He has also carried out a number of research commissions in the area of employment integration and exclusion in Europe on behalf of the International Labour Office and the European Commission.

Beier Lin

     Beier Lin is a 2015 Research Associate at GMPA. She obtained a BA in Honours History at University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and is a Masters candidate in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at PSIA, Sciences Po Paris. She has extensive training in international human rights law and advocacy, international relations, history, and East Asian studies, and is especially interested in refugee issues and equality in gender and sexuality. She was also a freelance translator and has published a literature translation. 

Arnaud Bertin

     Arnaud Bertin is a 2015 Research Associate at GMPA and a Masters candidate in International Security. His study and research concentrations are in Middle Eastern Studies, East Asian Studies and Migration. He was vice President of Persépolitique, a Franco-Iranian student society and worked as an editor and a magazine coordinator for InFocus, a bilingual review of international affairs. He studied one year Hong Kong, where he led a research project targeting the Nepalese community and the issues faced during the mobility process. Fluent in French and English, he's currently learning Farsi and have basic proficiency in German and Chinese.