Irena Guidikova is a graduate of Political Science and Political Philosophy from the Universities of Sofia (BG) and York (UK); she has been working at the Council of Europe since 1994. Since 2013 she has also been in charge of organising the Council of Europe’s annual World Forum for Democracy for issues relating to democratic innovation, bringing together over 1,500 decision-makers, activists, journalists and academics from all over the world.
David Lubell is the Founder of Welcoming America, established in 2009, which works with over 200 cities and towns across the United States, supporting NGOs and local governments to transform their communities into inclusive places where everyone thrives. The Welcoming International Initiative that David leads partners with entities that want to build bottom-up movements for welcoming in their countries. It is currently working with partners in Germany, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.;
Advisor to the Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Michael Jones-Correa is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration (CSERI) at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught previously at Harvard and Cornell, where he served as the Robert J. Katz Chair of the Department of Government from 2014-2016. He has been a co-PI for the 2006 Latino National Survey, the Philadelphia-Atlanta Project, and the Latino Immigrant National Election Survey (LINES) in 2012 and 2016, as well as the author of several dozen publications on immigration, race, ethnicity and citizenship in the United States. He has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, and was the team leader and ISS fellow for the 2010-2013 theme project “Immigration: Settlement, Immigration and Membership,” at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Russell Sage Foundation.
Policy specialist in the area of governance, international cooperation and migration. She has gained policy analysis, field project management, negotiation and diplomacy skills working for leading international organisations (OECD, EU Commission, UNDP, UNIDO) and NGOs (IRC and Search for Common Ground).
PhD in Sociology, he is currently Senior Researcher at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Karelian Institute, where he is the Scientific Head of the Horizon2020 project MATILDE (Migration impact assessment to enhance local integration in rural and mountain areas of Europe). He is Assistant Professor of Sociology of the Territory at the University of Pavia and Faculty Member in Social Sciences at GSSI - Gran Sasso Science Institute (Italy). He is also Research Fellow at the University of the Free State (South Africa) and Affiliate Researcher at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of the University of Turin (Italy). His main field of study is migration to and from mountain and rural areas, in relation to climate change, extreme events and socio-economic and demographic changes.
Coordinator of the H2020 project ‘Welcoming Spaces’, is Professor of International Development Studies (IDS) at Utrecht University and chair of the IS-Academy on Land Governance (LANDAC); she is involved in various research projects assessing the implications of migration/investment deals for local development in the context of the global south.