Hard Truths: global migration

Hosted by Institute of Global Affairs and The New York Times

Old Theatre, Old Building


Mariana Dahan

Mariana Dahan

Dominik Hangartner

Dominik Hangartner

Max Strasser

Max Strasser


Erik Berglof

Erik Berglof

Exploring one of the defining themes of the 21st century, this panel convenes leading academics, senior policy makers and practitioners to discuss exciting innovations in the field of migration: from the use of blockchain technology to help and protect refugees and evidence-based algorithms to help them find jobs. This event will also feature a live briefing from the co-facilitators of the Global Compact on Migration.

Mariana Dahan (@marianadahan), Founder and CEO of World Identity Network. Recognized as one of the Top Leaders in Identity, Mariana Dahan is a former World Bank official and initiator of the Identification for Development (ID4D) agenda. She is also Founding Member at the Global Blockchain Business Council and Blockchain Program Fellow at New America Foundation in Washington, DC. Read the Blockchain for Humanity Global Challenge report.

Dominik Hangartner, Associate Professor of Public Policy at ETH Zurich and the London School of Economics and Political Science and Co-Director of the Stanford – Zurich Immigration Policy Lab (IPL). Dr Hangartner’s research combines field work and statistics to study the effects of migration policies and political institutions. Read the Improving refugee integration through data-driven algorithmic assignment report.

Max Strasser (@maxstrasser), is the London-based international editor for The New York Times Opinion section. Before joining The Times, he was an editor at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, DC. He has a MSc in international political economy from the LSE.

Erik Berglof (@ErikBerglof ), Professor of Economics and Director, Institute of Global Affairs, LSE.

From Wilton Park:

Marta Foresti, Director of the Human Mobility Initiative Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE Institute of Global Affairs, London.

Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, New York.

Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York.

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