Agenda

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Day 1: Thursday 16 November 2017

13:30 – 14:30   Registration, refreshments (EESC Reception, Foyer 5th floor)

14:30 – 14:50   Welcoming remarks (JDE 52)

  • Adam Shub, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Mission to the EU
  • Daniel J. Costello, Ambassador of Canada to the EU
  • Elizabeth Collett, Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe
  • Cristian Pîrvulescu, President of the Permanent Study Group on Immigration and Integration, European Economic and Social Committee

14:50 – 15:15   Opening speech

  • Yara Al Adib, Design Consultant and Entrepreneur, From Syria with Love, Belgium

15:15 – 16:30   Panel session: “How the field has matured: A progress report, one year on”

Chair: Tamim Nashed, Policy Officer on Refugee Inclusion, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

  • Eric Young, The Social Projects Studio / Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Innovation at Ryerson University, Canada
  • Luisa Seiler, Co-founder and Director, SINGA Deutschland, Germany
  • Mireia Nadal Chiva, Head of Community Development, ReDI School for Digital Integration, Germany

16:30 – 17:00   Coffee break (Foyer on the 5th floor)

17:00 – 18:30   Panel session: “Business, not as usual: Private sector innovation for refugee inclusion” (JDE 52)

Chair: Irini Pari, European Economic and Social Committee

  • Pastora Valero, Vice President, Government Affairs, EMEAR, Cisco
  • Justina Spencer, Manager, Global Corporate Responsibility, Deloitte
  • Samuel Engblom, Policy Director, TCO Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees, Sweden
  • Kavita Brahmbhatt, Co-founder, Action Emploi Réfugiés, France

18:30 – 19:45   Evening reception (Atrium on the 6th floor)

Day 2: Friday 17 November 2017

08:30 – 09:00   Registration, coffee (EESC Reception, Foyer on the 6th floor)

09:00 – 09:30  Refugees as agents of innovation (JDE 62)

  • Maher Ismaail, Co-founder of DaliliNow.com, Germany
  • Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Journalist, The Guardian

09:30 – 11:00  Workshops

  1. New approaches to financing social innovation (JDE 3210)

Chair: Giuseppe Iuliano, European Economic and Social Committee

  • Chris Clements, director, Social Finance, UK
  • Carolina Gario, Policy Officer for the European Social Innovation Competition, DG Growth, European Commission
  • Anna Krzyżanowska, Head of Unit "Coordination with the EIB Group, EBRD and IFIs”, DG ECFIN, European Commission
  1. Not an urban legend: welcoming refugees in small and rural communities (JDE 2210)

Chair: Meghan Benton, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

  • Christina Pope, Regional Manager, Welcoming America, United States
  • Kerstin Carlsson, Project Leader, Framtidsbygder Dalsland Årjäng Munkedal, Sweden
  • Magdalena Böhm, Project development officer, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
  1. Improving the visibility of refugees’ skills (JDE 2252)

Chair: Inga Heemink, Acting Office Director, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State

  • Alisha Molter, Project Officer, Network IQ Dissemination Project, EBB, Germany
  • Kavita Brahmbhatt, Co-founder, Action Emploi Réfugiés, France
  • Ludwijn Braams, Managing Director, L&D Support Germany
  1. Employer engagement: Innovative approaches to training and hiring refugees (JDE 62)

Chair: Laurent Aujean, Policy Officer, Unit Legal Migration and Integration, DG Home, European Commission

  • Sayre Nyce, Executive director, Talent Beyond Boundaries, United States
  • Peter O’Sullivan, Resettlement Officer, UNHCR, Bureau for Europe
  • Mustafa Alroomi, Web developer at Cronos Groep, Belgium
  1. Refugee entrepreneurship: A fast lane into work? (JDE 3252)

Chair: Liam Patuzzi, Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute Europe

  • Mireia Nadal Chiva, Head of Community Development, ReDI School for Digital Integration, Germany
  • Clarelisa Camilleri, Project Manager FIBIA (Fostering Inclusive Incubation & Acceleration), European BIC (business and innovation centres) Network
  • Yara Al Adib, design consultant and entrepreneur, From Syria with Love

11:00 – 11:15     Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45     Interactive panel session: “From niche to mainstream: Unlocking the potential of innovation for lasting change” (JDE 62)

CHAIR: Elizabeth Collett, Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe

SPEAKERS:
  • Louisa Taylor, Director, Refugee 613, Canada
  • Ben Mason, Project lead on digital innovation around refugees and migration, Betterplace lab, Germany
  • David Manicom, Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Settlement and Integration Sector, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Laura Corrado, Head of Unit Legal Migration and Integration, DG Home, European Commission

12:45 – 13:00     Wrap up of the conference discussions (JDE 62)

13:00 – 14:30  Lunch  (Atrium on the 6th floor)

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