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Migration & COVID-19: shifting boundaries of mobility

Hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy



Professor Gibril Faal

Professor Gibril Faal

Director of GK Partners and Professor in Practice at LSE IGA

Professor Mushifiq Mobarak

Professor Mushifiq Mobarak

Professor of Economics at Yale University

Professor Semih Tumen

Professor Semih Tumen

Professor of Economics at TED University

Joséphine Goube

Joséphine Goube

CEO of Techfugees


Marta Foresti

Marta Foresti

Director of ODI Europe at ODI, Visiting Senior at LSE IGA

COVID-19 is changing the nature of global mobility and migration policies. Offering perspectives on various geographies, including from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, this session will reveal new insights from frontier research on how the pandemic is affecting mobility and migration patterns. Speakers will explore the intersecting impacts of Covid-19 and migration on labour markets, informality, food insecurity, remittances, entrepreneurship and technology. Linking to Maryam Forum’s central theme, the panel will discuss the need for leadership in governance, the role of the private sector, and the importance of growing the evidence-base to inform policy decisions.

Gibril Faal is a multi-disciplinary business and development executive. He is professor in practice at LSE, and co-founder and director of GK Partners, which advises socially responsible businesses and development institutions across the world. He is the vice chair of Bond, the platform of UK NGOs working on international development, member of the advisory council of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, and consultant to the African Union. He is the founding director of Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform and former chairman of African Foundation for Development (AFFORD). Prof. Faal served as technical expert on negotiations for the Global Compact on Migration, and delivered keynote addresses at the UN General Assembly at the 2013 High Level Dialogue and the 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. He previously served as co-chair, grand rapporteur and common space moderator at summits of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), and chaired the Entrepreneurship Committee of the GFMD Business Mechanism.

Mushfiq Mobarak is Professor of Economics at Yale University with concurrent appointments in the School of Management and in the Department of Economics. Mobarak is the founder and faculty director of the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE). He holds other appointments at Innovations for Poverty Action, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, the International Growth Centre (IGC) at LSE. Mobarak has several ongoing research projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Kenya, Malawi and Sierra Leone.

Semih Tumen is a Professor of Economics at TED University. He is also an Advisor to the Human Resources Office of Turkish Presidency; Consultant at World Bank; Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum (ERF, Cairo/Egypt); Research Affiliate at the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN, Berlin/Germany); and Academic Editor at PLOS ONE. He served as the Director General of Economic Research at the Central Bank of Turkey from 2016 to 2018. His research concentrates on Labor Economics with a special focus on job search, human capital, migration/refugees, and social networks. His current interest is mainly on investigating the education, labor market, and product market consequences of the refugee problem.

Joséphine Goube is Alumnus from both Sciences Po Paris and the LSE in urban development. Josephine has been the CEO of Techfugees, coordinating the tech community to create technology for and with displaced people since 2015. She sits on the board of the Norwegian Refugee Council and acts as an informal expert for the European Commission on migration reforms. Nominated as one of the top “30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs” by Forbes in 2016, 2017 and 2018, in 2017 she was honored as “Digital Women” of the year in France in 2017. From 2012 to 2016, Josephine was Migreat’s partnerships manager, a London startup specialized in applying for visas for Europe.

Marta Foresti is Director of ODI Europe and she also leads ODI’s Human Mobility Initiative, managing the institute engagement on migration at global, regional and local level. She is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs and the London School of Economics and she is acting as senior policy advisor for the consultation of the Global Compact For Migration and to the IOM’s Research Syndicate. She is a member of the Advisory Board of, of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Migration Policy and Practice as well as of the Board of Until April 2018 Marta was Managing Director at ODI and as a member of the ODI Senior leadership team she contributed to setting the institute's strategic agenda, priorities and goals. Her interests include the political economy of development and reform, migration and human mobility, natural resource management, conflict and fragility.

Awele Ajufo is the Student Leader for this thematic session. She is currently completing her Masters in Public Administration at LSE.

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This event is part of the Maryam Forum Launch: "From Rulership to Leadership: Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic".

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The Maryam Forum is a new multi-year platform aiming to encourage the shift towards evidence-informed, transparent, accountable and inclusive leadership. Introduced on the global stage in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January 2020, Maryam Forum is a collaboration between policy makers, academics, business leaders and media that engages the LSE across departments and disciplines. Together with our students – the leaders of tomorrow – we will convene Maryam Co-Labs, leading up to our first annual Global Conference in December. From climate change, health crises and other global emergencies, to industrial policy, populism and migration, these year-round working groups will tackle the most urgent challenges of our time - providing opportunities to exchange expertise and shape solutions, and unlocking the potential for inclusive and sustainable leadership across all regions of the world.

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