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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Refugees and Migrants: Economic and Social Integration

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Session Description

The way nations and their citizens choose to manage integration of an increasingly large flow of refugees and other migrants has global reverberations. Effective integration can positively transform people’s lives, and boost countries economically, socially, and culturally. In an era of rising nationalism, what does successful social and economic integration look like? How can nations foster policies that are both more welcoming to migrants, and a win-win for host communities?

When | Where

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Wednesday, April 11 Lecture Theatre 4


Panel Discussion

Session leaders

  • Premal Shah Speaker
    Co-Founder & President, Kiva
    Premal helps lead —a crowdfunding website that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. Since 2005, over $1B in philanthropic loans has been crowdfunded to millions of underserved entrepreneurs in 90 countries — with a 96% repayment rate. The site has been named as one of Oprah's Favorite Things and a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. Premal's inspiration came while volunteering in India while on leave from PayPal, where he had been an early employee. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University. He’s passionate about making it easier for anyone to discover their own power to make real impact. He serves on the Board of & — a crowdfunding for developing world health care site. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40″ list.
  • Robert Annibale Speaker
    Global Director of Inclusive Finance, Citigroup, Inc.
    Bob Annibale Global Director, Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance Bob leads Citi’s partnerships with global, national and local organizations to expand financial inclusion and economic opportunity for financially underserved individuals, families and communities. As the founder and head of Citi Inclusive Finance, he works across Citi’s businesses and geographies to expand access to financial services through product design and innovation, commercial relationships with microfinance and other inclusive financial institutions, corporations, social enterprises, investors and municipalities. Since joining Citi in 1982, Bob has held a number of senior regional and global treasury, risk and corporate positions in Athens, Bahrain, Nairobi, London and New York City. Bob is a member of the Policy Committee of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, at the University of Oxford, and represents Citi on the boards of Accion, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Citi Foundation and the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). In 2014, Bob was honored as a White House Champion of Change for his work leading Citi’s programs promoting immigrant integration and citizenship in the U.S. Also in 2017, Bob was named by the Financial Times as one of the OUTStanding Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders for the fourth consecutive year. Bob, a U.S. and U.K. national, holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Vassar College, New York, and an M.A. in African Studies (History) from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.
  • Sana Mustafa Speaker
    Founding Member, Network for Refugee Voices
    " Sana Mustafa is the Founder and Manager of Sana Mustafa Consulting LLC where she consults with different institutions on designing engagement projects related to refugees, Syrian political and humanitarian situation. Mustafa is a Syrian refugee since 2013 after fleeing the war in Syria and is currently living in the United States. Mustafa has diverse experience working with national and international nonprofit organizations and causes namely dealing with peace-building efforts, refugee integration, and education. She has been active in advocating for refugee resettlement and social/political engagement of refugees in the United States. Mustafa is an active public speaker and has spoken at the United Nations headquarters in New York, National Press Club in Washington, D.C, the White House, Harvard Law School, Stanford, and at numerous university campuses. She speaks about her personal story fleeing war, detention and on community advocacy efforts She also speaks about political solutions to humanitarian crises. Mustafa is a founding member of The Network For Refugee Voices, a refugees led coalition working to increase refugees engagement with international community to pursue inclusive, sustainable, and effective refugee and immigration policy. Mustafa finished in 2016 her second undergraduate degree in Political Science as a full scholarship recipient from Bard College in NY. Mustafa has a degree in Business Administration from Damascus, Syria."
  • Susan Myers Moderator
    Senior Vice President, United Nations Foundation
    Susan Myers is the UN Foundation’s Senior Vice President for UN relations. Ms. Myers has served as Executive Director of the New York office of the United Nations Foundation since 2000. As a member of the Foundation’s leadership team, she provides overall guidance and participates in the development of long-term strategy for the organization. Previously, she served as Legislative Director of the Better World Campaign, a bi-partisan, non-profit national education and outreach effort dedicated to enhancing the awareness of and appreciation for the vital role the United Nations plays around the world. In this position, she led successful campaigns for the payment of over $1 billion in U.S. arrears to the UN and for the re-entry of the U.S. to UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) after an 18-year absence from the organization.
  • Salim Salamah Speaker
    Founding Member , Network for Refugee Voices
    Salim Salamah is a Syrian Palestinian activist and migration expert. He is a co-founder of the Network for Refugee Voices (NRV), a refugee-led initiative working towards inclusive, sustainable and effective refugee policy. He is also co-founder of The Palestinian League for Human Rights – Syria (PLHR). PLHR is a non-profit that monitors and documents the situation of Palestinian refugees in Syria with the aim of promoting the rights of stateless Palestinians. Born in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees in Damascus, Syria, 1989, Salim studied Law at Damascus University until 2012, but was forced to leave Syria before completing his degree. In 2013, he moved to Sweden, as a political refugee, where he studied at the Malmo Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare. In 2015, Salim worked as an advisor to the UN Secretary General’s Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. Salim currently lives in Oxford, United Kingdom, where he is in the process of completing his Masters in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. He also runs a personal blog covering Syria and how he envisions tomorrow’s world.