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Lisa Andersson

Maastricht University/ Expert on Labour Migration

Ms. Lisa Andersson is a research fellow and a member of the Migration and Development group at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/UNU-MERIT. Her current research focuses on migration management and the migration-development nexus. Lisa has in the past eight years managed large-scale migration and development projects at the OECD, Maastricht University and the University of Gothenburg. Her work has focused on interrelations between public policies and migration, the economic impact of refugees on host communities, and the wellbeing impacts of migration and remittances in countries of origin. Her work has included a collection of quantitative and qualitative migration data in a large number of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She regularly conducts capacity building trainings with policymakers in developing countries. Lisa holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Gothenburg. 

 

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Paul Baumgartner

ICMPD / Policy Analyst

Paul Baumgartner is a Policy Analyst in the ICMPD Policy Unit. With an economist background, he has acquired sound knowledge and experience in the field of migration research. His recent research is focused on asylum responsibility-sharing among the EU Member States, analysis of asylum statistics and labour market integration of refugees. His academic interests involve asylum policies and quantitative methods.  He is fluent in German, English and Spanish.

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Anna Bengtsson

Sweden / Trainer on Asylum issues

Anna has worked in the field of asylum since 1988 at the Swedish Migration Agency, in reception as well as in refugee status determination, for UNHCR in Asia and at the Migration Court of Stockholm for seven years where she headed the training in asylum law and trained nationally at the Judicial Academy. She holds a Master of Laws and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (international politics). She has been a trainer nationally and internationally in asylum law for 15 years including at the Law Faculty of Uppsala University. Her focus in work has been on interviewing skills and on jurisprudence as part of informed decision making and training.

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Judith Gleeson

United Kingdom / Trainer on Asylum issues

Judge Judith Gleeson  has over 20 years of experience in migration and asylum law. She has been an Upper Tribunal Judge at the Asylum and Immigration Chamber of the United Kingdom since 2010. In 2014, she was nominated by EASO to advise the Moroccan Government on draft asylum, trafficking and migration laws. She has been chairing the UTIAC Research and Information Committee since 2010 and has been a Judicial Member of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission since 2005. She is a member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ).

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Gábor Gyulai

Hungary / Trainer on Asylum issues

Gabor has been working in the field of asylum since 2000. After two years of working with the UNHCR, he joined the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (www.helsinki.hu), where he currently works as the director of the refugee programme and as an international trainer. Gábor’s research and advocacy work has been mainly focusing on evidentiary and credibility assessment, country information, gender and intercultural issues in asylum cases, as well as nationality and statelessness. He has conducted research and published a number of studies and articles on these issues while also being a reputable international trainer (with hundreds of training sessions conducted to asylum professionals on various continents).

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Agnieszka Kulesa

Poland / Expert on Labour migration

Agnieszka Kulesa is an economist at CASE, where she specializes in the labour market, international labour migration and migration policies within and outside EU. During her international career, she gained extensive experience in working in the private and public sector with public servants, public officers, and policymakers. In her previous employment in 2017 –2018 at the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw she acted as Head of Migration Policy Programme. Between 2010– 2014 she worked for the Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Poland, where she was responsible for international cooperation in the field of migration, including cooperation within the framework of the Prague Process. She also worked for the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM). Her area of expertise encompasses: labour migration and labour markets, migration policies and their effects, and the future of work. She participated in several EU research projects on migration and labour markets, authored several related articles, and was a panellist in many events in public and private institutions.

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Silvia Lobonțiu

Romania / Trainer on Return

Ms. Silvia Lobonțiu has a Bachelor's degree in law and a Master's degree in criminology and forensic science from "Dimitrie Cantemir" University Bucharest. She is enrolled in the post-graduate program of "Acad. Andrei Rădulescu" Legal Research Institute of the Romanian Academy, conducting research for her PhD  thesis, focusing on illegal migration and criminality. She has worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - Mission in Romania, the Romanian Ombudsman Institution - Department for the Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (National Prevention Mechanism). Currently she is part of the Romanian National Council for Refugees (CNRR) team in Bucharest. She has over ten years of experience in the field of migration and has been a member of the Frontex pool of forced return monitors since 2017.

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Tony Mihaitoaia

ICMPD / Trainer on Border Management

Mr. Tony Mihaitoaia graduated from the Romanian Border Police School in 1999, and at the age of 21 started his career at the Border Police. He first worked as a Border Police Officer, conducting border checks at the BCP and coordinating activities of the territorial Border Police Units. As of 2013, Mr. Mihaitoaia was engaged into activities at the EU external borders, performing Schengen evaluations in line with the SchEval Mechanism, and contributing to the development of new Entry/Exit system, as well as the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. In 2016-2018, Mr. Mahaitoaia held an Expert role at the European Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), supporting the development and implementation of the IBM related strategies in Moldova and Ukraine. Since April 2018, he works in ICMPD. In his position of Border Management Specialist, he is responsible for the implementation of border management projects, providing expertise on integrated border management and document security in the countries of Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Western Balkans, Mediterranean and African regions. 

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Ionut Mihalache

Romania / Trainer on Border Management and Irregular Migration

Mr. Ionut Mihalache graduated at the Law University of Alexandru Ioan Cuza in Iasi, Romania, started his career in the Romanian Border Police at the age of 26 and has since worked as a border guard in various positions. He`s been deployed at several external borders of the EU as an expert in EBCG Agency operations, as specialist on document falsification and detecting stolen cars and screening expert, conducting interviews with irregular migrants at the external EU Borders in Greece and Bulgaria. In 2013, as a Frontex Support Officer, he coordinated at local level the screening activities at the Bulgarian and Greek external borders of EU with Turkey. Since February 2016, he has been seconded by the Romanian Border Police as National Expert to the European Commission, where he is acting as Policy Officer within the Irregular Migration and Return Policy Unit of the General Directorate for Migration and Home Affairs.

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Emil Niculescu

Romania / Expert on Risk Analysis

Emil Niculescu has over 24 years of experience in the field of migration and asylum. He graduated migration and border class at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Police Academy before starting to work as a return officer, also having attribution in combatting illegal migration. For four years, he worked for and coordinated the European integration unit, taking part in numerous projects and contributing to drafting legislation in the field of migration. In 2003, he started to work in the statistics area and in 2004, he was one of the founders of the first risk analysis unit in the area of migration, further on embarking the asylum issues. In the same year, he took the heading position of this unit and kept it ever since. He also served as a Director for strategic management a.i. for a period of almost two years. After that, he returned to his first love – risk analysis.

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Carla Rojas Paz

IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre / Expert on Migration Data

Carla Rojas Paz is a Migration Data Editor for IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin, Germany. At IOM she works primarily on the Global Migration Data Portal project but her experience spans the government sector, NGOs, and international organizations. Prior to IOM, she worked as a Senior Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office where she evaluated a wide-range of government programs, including the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. She has also worked for a human rights organization researching stateless children of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic, a social service agency where she facilitated the integration of refugee families, and the International Rescue Committee where she evaluated an interpreter services program that hired refugees. Her particular interests include applying social science research to strategic communications for policy. She holds a Masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Florida.

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Andrea Salvini

Italy/ Expert on Labour Migration

Mr. Andrea Salvini is an independent advisor for Governments and International Organisations, a Research Fellow of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and teaches at the MSc Design of Social Protection Schemes at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS). Chief Technical Advisor, Migration and Governance Network at the ILO Regional Office for the Arab States in Beirut, Lebanon between 2013 and 2015. Previous experiences as a Research Associate at the University of Sydney, Labour Economist at the ILO Office for Viet Nam, specializing in labour issues and migration and as a Technical Expert on Employment and Labour Market Policies from 2005 to 2010 at the ILO Subregional Office for Central and Eastern Europe in Budapest, acquiring expertise on labour and skills development in transition countries. Andrea Salvini has worked for the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and evaluates large research projects on migration for the European Commission. He worked for the OECD in 2002-2003 on the Social Aspects of Sustainable Development, did his post-graduate studies at the Department of Economics of University College, London, and has advised more than 50 Governments throughout his career.

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Enrico Tucci

Italy / Expert on Migration Statistics

Enrico Tucci is a senior researcher at the Italian National Institute of Statistics. He has a PhD in demography, has been responsible for the Italian official migration statistics and currently works at the Population Census Division. He has been involved for more than 10 years in international cooperation activities as an expert in data management and migration statistics.

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Madis Vainomaa

ICMPD / Anti-trafficking expert

Mr. Madis Vainomaa is a Project Manager and anti-trafficking expert with the ICMPD. Madis is a lawyer by profession and holds a master’s degree in international business law with altogether over 15 years of professional experience in human rights protection issues, combating trafficking in human beings and irregular migration, protection of rights of refugees and IDPs, monitoring and investigating human rights issues, conducting human rights assessments, reporting and monitoring, improving the institutional capacities to address human rights issues. Before joining the ICMPD Madis worked for a decade with the OSCE in the Western Balkans, followed by a period of five years of independent consultancies with international organisations (UN, OSCE, ILO) on issues of countering human trafficking, including human rights in the context of human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, refugee and displacement issues, in setting up institutional mechanisms to tackle human trafficking (NRM/TRM, state-CSO co-ordination mechanism). He has been conducting field work and assessments on sensitive matters in challenging environments such as in Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine. He has recently completed managing a 3-year EUR 2.9 million EC-funded Project “Fight against Trafficking I Human Beings and Organized Crime, Phase 2”, covering Azerbaijan, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Turkey, Pakistan. Madis is currently providing expert advice and capacity-building to selected beneficiary countries’ authorities (Western Balkan, Central Asia, Ghana, Jordan) and the civil society in supporting the set-up and improvement of victim-centred NRM. Madis speaks fluent English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and a working level Russian.

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Sergiu Adrian Vasile

Romania/ Trainer on Border Management

Professor Dr. Sergiu Adrian Vasile is working as university professor and PhD coordinator at the Border Police Faculty within the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Police Academy in Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Sergiu Adrian Vasile has been working in the field of Border Guard training and education for more than sixteen years for BA and Master Studies and several other research areas applied for border guarding. His training expertise includes but is not limited to Applied Informatics for Border Police in the Schengen Area and Technical Surveillance and Control Systems for Schengen Borders. He is engaged in teaching activities, course design, evaluation and assessment, administering and testing on-line sessions, e-learning strategies committees, curricula development, project management and development, and research activities. He is an active member of editorial board and peer reviewer. His expertise in education, both in teaching and professional development training was also mobilised in international meetings, where he delivered presentations and liaised with European agencies and other partners.

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Michele Vespe

European Commission Joint Research Centre/ Scientific Officer

Michele Vespe is a scientific officer at the European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC), where he works for the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD). He coordinates the activities of a team of researchers in transforming migration data into knowledge and scientific evidence for policymakers. This includes research in the fields of data integration, big data and innovative data sources on migration. He also manages the developments of the KCMD Dynamic Data Hub, a platform that allows and facilitates online analysis and time-series visualisation of multiple datasets on migration. Between 2011 and 2013 he was a Senior Scientist at the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, between 2008 and 2011 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the JRC. He previously spent two years in the industry as a project engineer. He holds a telecommunications engineering degree from the University of Florence (2003) and a PhD in signal processing from University College London (2006). 

 

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Rolandas Volskis

Lithuania / Trainer on Border Management

Mr. Rolandas Volskis holds a Master’s degree in EU Law from the Law Faculty (Vilnius) and a BA from the Kaunas Police Faculty of the Mykolas Romeris University. He started his career as a lecturer at the Border Guard School of the State Border Guard Service of Lithuania, while also teaching European and Business Law at the Vilnius Cooperative College and the SMK University of Applied Social Sciences. Since then Mr. Volskis pursued his career at the Border Guard Service, at first carrying out duties as an Investigator, followed by the Senior Specialist position of Border Surveillance Unit, implementing activities at the internal EU borders. In 2018, holding the position of Head of Border Control Unit at the Vilnius Frontier District, Mr. Volskis was responsible for international BCPs, including Vilnius and Kaunas airports, as well as border surveillance operations. In the same year, he was shortly engaged with Frontex as a Reporting Officer. Since November 2018, Mr. Volskis heads the Professional Subject Unit of the Border Guard School in Vilnius. During all these years, educational activities were part and parcel of Mr. Volskis career, with assignments in over 10 countries.

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