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
PhD Princeton University, teaches and does research on political participation and civic engagement; immigrant incorporation, naturalization and political mobilization; Latino politics and public opinion; racial and ethnic politics and identity; inter-ethnic contact, negotiation and coalition-building; comparative urban politics. At Penn, he is Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration (CSERI).
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).
Coordinator of the H2020 project MATILDE, is Senior Researcher at the Regional Development Institute of Eurac Research, Bolzano. He is now particularly engaged in issues of foreign migration to mountain areas of Italy in relation to local development and social innovation within key territorial contexts.
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.