Speakers (in order of appearance)

Ulrich Grothus

Ulrich Grothus is president of ACA. Before his retirement in July 2018, he was Deputy Secretary-General and head of the Berlin office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He obtained a master’s degree in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1976. He then worked as a journalist before joining the International Division of the former West German Rectors Conference in 1982. He worked for DAAD from 1988 through 2018, first as spokesman and head of the president’s office. From 1991, he was consecutively director of all three DAAD program directorates, for the Southern and Northern hemisphere and for supra regional internationalization programs. In between, he served as director of the Paris office from 1998 to 2000 and of the New York office from 2004 to 2008. Grothus speaks five foreign languages and has given three others a try.

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Geertrui Lanneau

Geertrui Lanneau is a Senior Specialist on labour mobility and human development at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Based at the organization’s Regional Office for the European Union, Norway and Switzerland, she provides policy guidance on labour migration, migrant integration, and the linkages between migration and development. From 2007 to 2013 she was attached to IOM’s Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar, advising governments on labour mobility and human development issues. She also provided capacity building support to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in migration management. Prior to joining the IOM, she worked as a Human Rights Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda and as Adjunct Advisor for the Belgian Federal Ministry of Justice. She holds a master’s in law from the University of Leuven.

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Russell King

Russell King is Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex, and former Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. Between 2001 and 2013 he was the editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Following his early interests in land tenure and agricultural geography, deriving from his PhD on the land reform of Southern Italy, Russell's research interests shifted to the study of migration, which he has been researching now for 40 years. He has directed major research projects on return migration to Southern Italy (funded by ESRC), Irish migration (Trinity Trust and the Bank of Ireland), British retirement migration to the Mediterranean (ESRC), Albanian migration (Leverhulme Trust), international student migration (HEFCE), second-generation return migration to Greece and Cyprus (AHRC) and New European Youth Mobilities (the EU Horizon 2020 ‘YMOBILITY’ project). He also headed the Sussex involvement in the EU Framework Six Network of Excellence on 'International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe' (IMISCOE), which is still ongoing as Europe’s major forum for migration research. His main regional interests are in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, but he has also researched migration, as a global phenomenon, in other parts of the world. He is a strong believer in the value of collaborative, comparative and interdisciplinary research, and in the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods.

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Pietro De Matteis

Pietro De Matteis holds a PhD in international studies form the University of Cambridge where he researched in the field of Energy and Climate Change Diplomacy. Currently he is the advisor on Public Diplomacy at the European External Action Service, the EU diplomatic corps, and works on developing new approaches to build trust and mutual understanding with citizens worldwide. In the past he worked for the European Commission managing cooperation programmes for Asia and North America as well as in the field of regional policy and city-to-city cooperation. He also worked for the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, a Multinational Company in Shanghai (China), the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. An economist by training, he graduated from the University of Milan-Bicocca (summa cum laude) after an Erasmus year at University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and then obtained a Masters-level degree from the European College of Parma. Supported by various scholarships (and by working aside) he was able to spend one year as a visiting scholar at Columbia University (NY) and at Renmin University (Beijing).  In his free time, Pietro has supported citizens' activism at European level through various organisations (e.g. JEF, GFE) and he was one of the founders of Stand Up for Europe and formerly of the European Federalist Party. He is also the initiator of theActivist.eu and a founding member of Alliance Europa an umbrella organisation that connects several pro-European organisations.  In 2014 he ran as a candidate for the European Parliament elections and is running for the local elections in Saint Gilles (Brussels) to connect the European project with the local level. 

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Mikael Börjesson

Mikael Börjesson is professor in Sociology of Education at Uppsala University and is co-director of the research unit Sociology of Education and Culture (SEC) and director of the Swedish Centre for the Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education (SIHE). His main research domains are fields of education, transnational strategies and the internationalisation of higher education, elites and elite education, as well as applications of Geometric Data Analysis. He is currently directing the research project Swedish Higher Education. Financing, Organisation, Enrolment, Outcomes, 1950–2020 (SHEFOE), funded by the Swedish Research Council.

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Adinda van Gaalen

Adinda van Gaalen works as a senior policy officer at Nuffic in the Netherlands and is a part time PhD candidate at Ghent University in Belgium. Adinda is both an advisor to the board of Nuffic and an advisor to HE institutions in developing internationalisation strategies. In addition, she works as trainer and auditor. Working with both institutional and national level decision makers as well as practitioners she has developed expertise on many challenges related to internationalisation. Her research activities allow her to bring relevant data to discussions of a range of internationalization-related topics. Her fields of interest include internationalisation strategies and policies, ethical issues and sustainable internationalisation. Adinda has (co) authored a number of publications and she was an elected member of the EAIE General Council from 2014-2016. Adinda previously worked as a policy adviser, head of the international office and teacher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

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Marco Pecoraro

Marco Pecoraro is a scientific researcher at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM) and the Institute of Economic Research (IRENE) at the University of Neuchâtel. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and he has extensive experience in the statistical analysis and econometrics. Dr. Pecoraro is familiar with institutional setup of migration in Switzerland, and his work focuses on the determinants of migrants’ health from a labour market perspective and on the determinants of attitudes towards foreigners and immigrants. His research has also been devoted to other relevant aspects of labour market adjustments, including educational and skills mismatch. He has also acted as an international expert in the analysis of the Albanian Census in 2014. His recent publications appeared in Applied Economics, International Migration Review and the International Journal of Manpower.

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Kitty Fehringer

Ms Kitty Fehringer joined the European Commission in 2002. From 2007 to date she is in charge as policy officer for activities under “EURAXESS-Researcher in Motion” dealing with the mobility aspects of a researcher career. Ms Fehringer is coordinator of around 550 EURAXESS Services Centres located in 40 European countries and at the same time in charge of EURAXESS Worldwide.                                                                                    Ms Fehringer coordinates the work of the service centres as well as the development and update of the EURAXESS portal.                                    Ms Fehringer has a professional background in Marketing Management following her studies of special education for disabled children at the University of Vienna.

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Nadia Manzoni

Nadia Manzoni is a policy officer in the department for higher education in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. In this role, she is responsible for the higher education policies fostering employability of graduates and in particular, the European graduate tracking initiative. Previously in the Commission she worked as an education policy analyst in the European semester process, having studied education studies at the University of Cambridge.

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Claire Herrmann

Claire Herrmann works since 2011 as Policy Officer in the International Unit of DG Education and Culture. She follows up the EU relations with 10 neighbouring Southern Mediterranean countries in the fields of education, youth and culture. In addition, she is involved in the implementation of the Erasmus+ higher education mobility strand. She joined the European Commission in 1996 and previously worked in DG Employment and Social Affairs in relations to the European Social Fund and anti-discrimination policies.

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Marie Desrousseaux

Marie Desrousseaux is Human Rights & Solidarity Coordinator for the European Students’ Union and has been an active voice within student organisations for several years now. She started the Ghent Debating Society and chaired several student organisations in her university-town of Ghent before becoming a member of the Board of Directors for the local students’ union. Later she became the chair of the Executive Committee on the national level where she grew into a strong voice for student-refugees and an extensive European cooperation on student rights. She finished her master’s degree in public administration last year and then got accepted as a coordinator for the European Students’ Union, where she focusses mostly on the fields of solidarity, refugee integration and global students’ voice.

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Prof. Ides Nicaise

Prof. Ides Nicaise has a background in economics and works since 1989 as a research manager at HIVA (Research Institute for Work and Society), a multidisciplinary research institute of the University of Leuven (Flemish Louvain). He further specialised in social policy, more precisely the relationships between education, labour market policy and social inclusion (in rich as well as developing countries). He also has part-time teaching assignments at the Department of Education Sciences of the same university. Besides his professional activities, he is chairing the Belgian Resource Centre for the Fight against Poverty, a centre created by law as an interface between the government, the civil society and grassroots organisations defending the interests of the poor. At EU level, he leads the Belgian team of the European Social Policy Network.

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