Meet the panelists


High level speakers

Anne-Marie Brings


Anne-Marie brings more than 30 years of fundraising and marketing experience – both in the United States and internationally – to the USA for UNHCR. Appointed in September 2014 to lead the organization and enhance its programs and resources, Anne-Marie is committed to mobilizing efforts in support of the 79.5 million men, women and children that have been forced to flee their homes around the world.  Prior to joining the USA for UNHCR, Anne-Marie worked with UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF and Share our Strength in a variety of leadership fundraising and marketing positions. Before returning to the United States, Anne-Marie lived in Australia, where she led marketing and development programs for the National Museum of Australia and held several roles at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

Xiao-Li Meng

Founding Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Data Science Review

Xiao-Li Meng, the Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics, and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Data Science Review, is well known for his depth and breadth in research, his innovation and passion in pedagogy, his vision and effectiveness in administration, as well as for his engaging and entertaining style as a speaker and writer. Meng was named the best statistician under the age of 40 by COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies) in 2001, and he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his more than 150 publications in at least a dozen theoretical and methodological areas, as well as in areas of pedagogy and professional development. In 2020, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has delivered more than 400 research presentations and public speeches on these topics, and he is the author of “The XL-Files,” a thought-provoking and entertaining column in the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) Bulletin. 

Mr. Luca Dall’Oglio

Chief of Mission IOM Washington and USA for IOM CEO 

Mr. Luca Dall’Oglio (CEO) was appointed Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Washington office effective 1 October 2012, and in 2013 became CEO of USA for IOM, IOM’s non-profit partner in the United States.  Prior to this assignment, he was Special Envoy of the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Haiti from January 2010 and assumed the functions of resident Chief of Mission in June 2010. His preceding assignment was the Permanent Observer for the IOM to the United Nations in New York, a position he has held since late 2003. A sociologist by training, Mr. Dall’Oglio has dedicated a large part of his career to issues related to population stabilization, post-crisis transition and recovery, with extensive field assignments in the Horn of Africa, Mozambique, Haiti, Guatemala and Kosovo. He was also IOM’s regional representative in Washington D.C. and Rome. Prior to IOM, he worked for UNESCO’s regional office for social sciences in Bangkok promoting teaching and research in the area of human rights, population, youth and migration. Before joining the international civil service, Mr. Dall’Oglio conducted teaching and research activities with the University of Rome and national and international research organizations. He has authored several published papers on migration and international cooperation

Tolu Olubunmi

Entrepreneur and Global Advocate

Tolu Olubunmi is an entrepreneur and global advocate for migrants, refugees, and displaced people. An innovative thinker and determined change-maker, she has established and led numerous NGOs and campaigns focused on immigrant integration, employment, access to technology, and education. Tolu founded Lions Write, co-founded, and consults with corporations, governments, and NGOs on building inspiring and effective global social impact campaigns. Tolu has shared her expertise and inspiring personal story with a variety of entities, including the United Nations, Gates Foundation, World Bank, TIME, and the White House. Tolu serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Migration and co-chairs Mobile Minds – high-skilled migration project advancing cross-border remote working as a 21st century alternative to physical migration. She also serves on the Board of Directors for USAIM for IOM, the U.S.-based partner of the UN Migration Agency IOM. She was named an outstanding woman entrepreneur and one of 15 women changing the world in 2015 by the World Economic Forum. She holds a Chemistry-Engineering degree from Washington and Lee University.

Antonio Vitorino

IOM Director General

António Vitorino has served as Director-General of the International Organization for Migration since 2018. He has over 27 years of international and national political and academic experience, which brought him consistently in touch with the migration context. Throughout his varied career, he has promoted the ethical employment of migrants, advocated against inequalities, discrimination, violence, and social exclusion endured by migrants, and contributed to the development of comprehensive and inclusive public policies on migration.

Day 1 - Disinformation Panel

Professor Katharine Donato

Director Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

Katharine Donato is the Donald G. Herzberg Professor of International Migration and Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Her area of expertise is global migration, addressing topics such as International Migration, Global Cities, Refugees, and Migrants. Her most recent work explores refugee integration in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and the U.S. legal migration.

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, she was on the faculty of Vanderbilt and Rice Universities and was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. Prof Donato holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stony Brook University.

Professor Hany Farid

School of Information / School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

Hany Farid is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and the School of Information. His area of research is digital forensics, forensic science, misinformation, image analysis, and human perception.

Before his appointment at UC Berkeley, Farid completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cognitive Sciences at MIT and later joined the faculty at Dartmouth College where he remained until 2019. 

Farid holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. 

Professor Jane Suiter

Director of Institute for Future Media, Democracy and Society, Dublin City University

Jane Suiter is a Professor in the School of Communications at Dublin City University and Director of the Institute for Future Media, Democracy and Society (FuJo). FuJo researches the digitalization of media, democracy, and society, focusing on countering disinformation and digital hate and strengthening public participation through democratic innovations. 

Suiter holds a BA in Economics from the University College of Dublin and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Trinity College of Dublin. 

In 2020 she was awarded the Irish Research Council Researcher of the Year award for her research on the public sphere and the electoral information environment.

Scott Tranter

CEO & Founder, 0ptimus Analytics

Scott Tranter is the founder and CEO of 0ptimus Analytics. Founded in 2013, the firm helps its clients by transforming data-based behavioral trends into actionable prediction models. The firm operates in the field of data science, specializing in opinion and prediction through the use of machine learning. Tranter and his team use this technology to advise businesses, NGOs, and political campaigns. 

Before establishing his firm, Tranter served as Director of Data Science for Marco Rubio for President. 

Tranter holds a degree in Finance from American University and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. 

Michael Urquhart

Society Research Practice Lead, Media Measurement

Michael Urquhart is the Lead Consultant for Media Measurement’s Society Research Practice. Media Measurement (MM) is a digital research consultancy devoted to drawing actionable intelligence from online media data to deliver to their global clients. Michael’s research interest includes strategic communications, digital intelligence, international security, and development & P/CVE. As the Lead of Society Research Practice, he coordinates a team of analysts in supporting not-for-profit organizations, including major charities and government departments, to solve complex digital research problems. Urquhart holds a BA in History and an MSc in Sociology and Global Change from the University of Edinburgh.

Lalini Veerassamy

IOM Chief Ireland, co-lead Global Migration and Media Academy

Lalini Veerassamy is the Chief of Mission for IOM in Ireland and co-lead Global Migration and Media Academy.

The Global Media Academy to Tackle Misinformation on Migration was launched in 2020, in response to the spread of misinformation and xenophobia in the media surrounding migration. 

Before her current appointment, she served as Chief of Mission for IOM Djibouti. Earlier assignments were as Head of Programme in Tunisia, Chief of Mission for IOM Mauritius, and IOM consultancies in Ghana, Micronesia, South Africa, Brussels, and Geneva. Veerassamy holds an LL.B. from the University of Geneva and a master’s in law from the Quebec Bar School. 

Day 2 - Vulnerable Populations Panel

Cameron Birge

Microsoft – Humanitarian Partnerships (disaster response, AI, innovative technologies)

Having joined Microsoft Philanthropies in 2016, Cameron Birge resides in Seattle and is a Senior Program Manager on the Humanitarian Partnerships team. He leads the company’s humanitarian emergency response portfolio, the AI for Humanitarian Action initiative, and the COVID19 response for emerging markets. Before landing at Microsoft, he was with the United Nations World Food Programme for 10 years as a logistics and program officer working predominantly in South Sudan building on his previous five years with the US Army as an infantry officer.

Professor Caroline Buckee

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Professor Caroline Buckee joined Harvard School of Public Health in the summer of 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017.  In 2013, Prof. Buckee was named the Associate Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.

The Buckee lab uses mathematical models and data science to understand the mechanisms driving the spread of infectious diseases, with a focus on pathogens like malaria that effect vulnerable populations in low income countries. After receiving a D.Phil from the University of Oxford, Caroline worked at the Kenya Medical Research Institute to analyze clinical and epidemiological aspects of malaria as a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work led to an Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute, where she developed theoretical approaches to understanding malaria parasite evolution and ecology. In 2013 Prof. Buckee was named one of MIT Tech Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, a CNN Top 10: Thinker, and Foreign Policy Magazine’s Global Thinkers. Her work has appeared in high profile scientific journals such as Science and PNAS, as well as being featured in the popular press, including CNN, The New Scientist, Voice of America, NPR, and ABC.

Anne-Marie Grey

Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR

Anne-Marie brings more than 30 years of fundraising and marketing experience – both in the United States and internationally – to USA for UNHCR. Appointed in September 2014 to lead the organization and enhance its programs and resources, Anne-Marie is committed to mobilizing efforts in support of the 79.5 million men, women and children that have been forced to flee their homes around the world. 

Prior to joining USA for UNHCR, Anne-Marie worked with UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF and Share our Strength in a variety of leadership fundraising and marketing positions. Before returning to the United States, Anne-Marie lived in Australia, where she led marketing and development programs for the National Museum of Australia and held several roles at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

Professor Ahmet Icduygu

Director of the Migration Research Center, Koc University

Ahmet İçduygu is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University, Istanbul Turkey. He currently holds a dual appointment as a full professor at Koç, one is in the Department of International Relations and the other is in the Department of Sociology. He is also the Director of the Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc). Prof. İçduygu holds a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University. He held visiting fellow positions at Stockholm University, the University of Warwick, the University of Manchester, and the European University Institute in Florence. He is an elected member of the Science Academy in Turkey.

Jeffrey Labovitz

Director of Department of Operations and Emergencies, IOM

Mr Labovitz joined Regional Office Nairobi from IOM Thailand, where he served as the Chief of Mission since 2011.Mr. Labovitz has also served as Regional Representative for Central and South Central Europe, Chief of Mission for Ukraine and Sub-regional Coordinator for the Western Newly Independent States, Senior Emergency Response Officer in IOM Geneva, Head of Electoral Programme in IOM Geneva, Regional Syria Crisis Coordinator, Coordinator for the Southern Sudan Referendum on Independence and as the Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.

Duncan Lawrence

Executive Director Immigration Policy Lab, Stanford

Duncan Lawrence is the Executive Director of the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. 
He is a two-time Fulbright recipient, first serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Argentina in 2005 and then more recently as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile in 2013 investigating how connections to emigrants impact perceptions of immigration. His research has appeared in journals such as Science, Science Advances and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 
Prior to arriving at Stanford, Duncan cofounded a Colorado-based research and data analysis firm that provided services to nonprofits, foundations and government agencies.

Tyler Radford

Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Tyler currently serves as HOT’s Executive Director. He joined HOT in April 2015 after 12 years leading diverse, people-focused, technology and data-enabled projects across the public, private, nonprofit, and international humanitarian sectors for organizations such as the American Red Cross, Save the Children, the United Nations Secretariat, and for Fortune 500 firms as a private sector consultant with Deloitte Consulting. Before joining the Red Cross, Tyler worked in a number of post-disaster and community development contexts in the U.S. and internationally. He taught in Metropolitan College of New York’s Emergency Management Program, and developed training curriculum in religious and cultural competency in disaster for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Tyler holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Computer Science from Boston College Wallace E. Carroll School of Management.

Volker Schimmel

Head of Global Data Service,UNHCR

Mr Schimmel heads UNHCR’s Global Data Service or GDS. The Global Data Service oversees and supports registration of refugees worldwide (including work on biometrics and digital identity). It also leads UNHCR statistics, demographics and data analytics efforts as well as information management and data visualization. Cross-functional work includes data protection, master data management and data literacy.

Dr. Celine Bauloz,

Senior Research Officer, IOM

Céline Bauloz is Senior Research Officer at the International Organization for Migration, Editor of IOM’s Migration Research Series and Senior Fellow at the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Céline previously worked as Managing Editor of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (Oxford University Press) and (visiting) lecturer and researcher in diverse academic institutions, including the University of Bocconi, the University of London, the Graduate Institute, the University of Fribourg and Harvard Law School. She also regularly worked as an expert for international and non-governmental organizations, such as the European Asylum Support Office (European Union).

Day 3 - COVID Panel

Alex Pompe

Research Manager

Alex Pompe is a Research Manager on Facebook’s Data for Good team. This team builds privacy-protecting data sets to aid humanitarian response work for natural disasters and public health crises. Prior to this he worked on access to information and civil society development programs at an international NGO called IREX, first in Ukraine, next in Namibia, and then in Washington DC. Alex holds a BS in physics from the University of Illinois, and an MS from the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Jennifer Gardy

Deputy Director, Surveillance, Data and Epidemiology on Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Jennifer Gardy joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Malaria team as Deputy Director, Surveillance, Data, and Epidemiology in February 2019. Before that, she spent ten years at the BC Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, where she held the Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics. Her research focused on the use of genomics as a tool to understand pathogen transmission, and incorporated techniques drawn from genomics, bioinformatics, modelling, information visualization, and the social sciences. In 2018, Jennifer was named one of BC’s Most Influential Women in STEM by BC Business Magazine and was named one of the Government of Canada’s 20 Women of Impact in STEM. In addition to her science work, Jennifer is also an award-winning science communicator, hosting many episodes of science documentary television, including The Nature of Things and Daily Planet, as well as authoring science books for children, including a new book to be released in 2021

Dr. Linda Adhimabo Oucho

Executive Director, African Migration and Development Policy Centre

Dr Linda Adhiambo Oucho is an established migration expert and Executive Director of the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC). Dr. Oucho holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick and has conducted research on internal, regional and international migration patterns including projects related to poverty, climate change, diaspora development and youth, employment and migration. She provides support to the Government of Kenya to understand migration and development issues using evidence-based approaches. In addition, she assists African countries to develop their national migration policies in line with the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (2018). Dr Oucho also serves as an editorial board member for the International Migration Journal and the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa. 

Dr. Marie McAuliffe

Head of Migration Research Division, Editor of World Migration Report, IOM

Dr. Marie McAuliffe is the head of the Migration Research Division at IOM headquarters in Geneva and Editor of IOM’s flagship World Migration Report. She is an international migration specialist with more than 20 years of experience in migration as a practitioner, program manager, senior official and researcher. 

Marie has researched, published and edited widely in academic and policy spheres on migration and is on the editorial boards of scientific journals International Migration and Migration Studies, and is an Associate Editor of the Harvard Data Science Review. She edits IOM’s World Migration Report in partnership with leading migration researchers.

Marie is a senior fellow at the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a Sir Roland Wilson Fellow at the School of Demography at the Australian National University (ANU). She co-chairs the World Bank’s KNOMAD technical working group on migration data and demography (with Rainer Muenz), is a member of MIT’s Global Technology Review Panel, IUSSP’s panel on international migration and curates the World Economic Forum’s Migration Transformation Map.