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Gudrun Alt (Duisburg, Germany)

Initiative Rosen für Marxloh / Roses for Marxloh

For the last three years, Gudrun Alt has been the volunteer project manager for the European Capital of Culture project “Roses for Marxloh”.

“Roses for Marxloh” is a grass roots initiative using the symbol of the rose to promote intercultural and interreligious friendship in the Duisburg suburb of Marxloh. This summer, the City of Duisburg, with the help of its volunteer partners Istanbul, Perm, Portsmouth and Stockholm, built the “Roses for Marxloh” pavilion. Ms. Alt also has a background in social work.

Joe Berridge (International)

Founding Partner, Urban Strategies

From New York City to London, Toronto, Nassau, St. Louis, Detroit and San Juan; Joe Berridge has played a key role in some of the largest and most complex urban regeneration projects in cities around the world.This includes the development of the World Financial Centre in New York, Canary Wharf in London and the regeneration of downtown Manchester. He master planned several large scale waterfront developments including Cork, Ireland and the Silvertown Quays, Royal Docks, Canada Water and Nine Elms developments in London as well as the waterfronts of both Nassau and San Juan. Currently, he is involved with providing ongoing advice to the University of Waterloo on the design on their new 120 acre Research and Technology Park and acting as the strategic planning advisor on the ambitious Sportcity development in East Manchester.

Mr. Berridge is the founding partner of the planning and design firm Urban Strategies. He also regularly lectures and teaches at universities across Canada and the US, is a Vice President of the Canadian Urban Institute, and Director of the Toronto Board of Trade. In 2002 he was also made a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Alan Broadbent (Toronto, Canada)

Chairman, Maytree Foundation

Mr. Broadbent is Chairman and CEO of the Avana Capital Corporation, and Chairman of The Maytree Foundation. In support of its investment activities, Avana initiates and funds civic engagement projects to strengthen the public discourse on civil society, including: the Jane Jacobs Prize, which celebrates “unsung heroes” in the Toronto Region; the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto; and Ideas That Matter, an organization to convene discourse on progressive ideas concerning the public good.

He is also Chairman of several related organizations, including the Caledon Institute of Social Policy (co-founded by Maytree in 1992), Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement (co-founded in 2001) – and Diaspora Dialogues, which supports the creation and presentation of new writing that reflects the diversity of Toronto. He is the author of the recently published book Urban Nation (2008).


Maelenn Le Capitaine (Paris, France)

Policy Officer, France Terre d'Asile

Maelenn Le Capitaine has been a policy officer on the platform PRIM for the project Key to France: a Job and a Home by Geographic Mobility, of the Directorate for Integration of France Terre d’Asile since August 2008. She is in charge of the follow up of demographic, social and economic developments of the different French regions; the prospection of employment, training and housing opportunities; the development of partnerships and of the administrative and technical coordination of the project. She also assists beneficiaries in their mobility projects.

Ms. Le Capitaine participated in the conference Integration of New Arrivals- Incentives and Work in Focus, organized by the Swedish Presidency of the European Union to Malmö in Sweden in December 2009. There, she presented the mission of her organisation, the results and the perspectives of the Key to France programme. The objective of this workshop was to review the link between the integration and the social cohesion. The participants were invited to think about the mechanisms of incentives that can facilitate the integration of the migrants and guarantee social cohesion.

Tufyal Choudhury (London, United Kingdom)

Senior Policy Advisor, At Home in Europe Programme, Open Society Institute

Tufyal Choudhury is the senior policy advisor for the At Home In Europe Project of the Open Society Institute, an initiative working to advance and promote integration of minority groups in Western Europe. He is the author of the affiliated report, At Home in Europe - Muslims in Europe: An Overview of 11 EU Cities. Published in December 2009, this report includes a comparative analysis of 11 cities in seven European countries with a focus on common trends and offers recommendations at the local, national and international level.

He is a lecturer in law at the University of Durham and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford's Centre on Migration Policy and Society. His research and publications focus on the areas of racial and religious discrimination, integration, human rights and counter terrorism and he has published widely on these issues. He is a graduate of the Universities of London (School of Oriental and African Studies), and Cambridge (Hughes Hall) and was called to the Bar as a member of Inner Temple.


Greg Clark (London, United Kingdom)

Lead Advisor, OPENCities; Chair, OECD LEED Forum on Development Agencies and Investment Strategies

Greg Clark is an international advisor on city building and development, and heads The Business of Cities, an independent consultancy. He is the lead advisor to the OPENCities Project of the British Council and holds a portfolio of other roles, including chairman of the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD), Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) and Forum on Development Agencies and Investment Strategies; Senior Fellow, Urban Land Institute Europe/ EMEA/ India; and Lead Advisor on City, Regional, and Economic Development at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

He is the author of two books and most recently he published Understanding OPENCities for the British Council (2010), and Recession, Recovery and Reinvestment: The Role of Local Economic Leadership in Global Crisis (2009). He is also a Professor at Cass Business School, City of London.


Dr. Melinda Crane (Berlin, Germany)

Journalist, Deutsche Welle

Melinda Crane is an experienced TV anchor who presents the news programme Journal and hosts the talk show Quadriga on Deutsche Welle TV. As an International Affairs Consultant to the discussion show Sabine Christiansen, she has held interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and George Bush, among others. Her journalistic experience includes work for the New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor as well as German newspapers and magazines.

Dr. Crane’s areas of expertise include transatlantic politics, globalization, migration, integration and urbanization. She studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard. She received her PhD in political economy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Dr. Crane is fluent in English, French and German.


John DeStefano, Jr. (New Haven, United States)

Mayor of the City of New Haven, Connecticut

John DeStefano, Jr. became New Haven’s 49th Mayor on January 1, 1994. The City of New Haven drew national attention in 2007 for its launch of the Elm City Resident Card programme, which provides identification cards for all interested residents of the City, giving them access to basic public services and a contains a debit feature. Championed by the Mayor, New Haven became one of four cities to be honoured with a Gold Award for Municipal Excellence at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities in New Orleans for this programme.

Believing that a quality public education is perhaps the best avenue for creating strong people, neighborhoods, and cities, Mayor DeStefano has championed reform in local public education through the implementation of a nationally recognized School Change Initiative to decrease the drop-out rate, ensure that all students are ready and able to go to college, narrow the achievement gap and recruit the best talent to educate the City’s children.

Julia Deans (Toronto, Canada)

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Toronto City Summit Alliance

Ms. Deans is the CEO of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a coalition of senior business, non-profit, government and community leaders formed to address challenges to the Toronto region’s social and economic future. The Alliance’s current projects include a major regional environmental campaign, Greening Greater Toronto, and DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project aimed at accelerating racial and cultural diversity of Toronto’s leaders. At the Alliance, she has also been closely involved in the development and launch of the Toronto Region Research Alliance, the “Time for a Fair Deal” report of the Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults Task Force, Luminato -Toronto’s festival of arts and creativity, the Emerging Leaders Network, and Toronto Summit 2007 – “Making Big Things Happen”, a meeting of over 630 leaders to discuss challenges facing the Toronto region.

Ms. Deans began her career as a litigation and environmental lawyer with Torys LLP, working in its Toronto and Hong Kong offices. From 1997-2001, she lived in Singapore, where she established the South East Asian operations of a major UK-based legal recruitment firm. Ms. Deans has a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University, and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is qualified to practice law in Ontario, Hong Kong, England and Wales. Ms. Deans serves on the Board of Luminato and on the Advisory Council of MetroLinx.


Vince Donovan (Cardiff, United Kingdom)

Police Constable, South Wales Police Service

Police Constable Vince Donovan has served in the South Wales Police Service, United Kingdom, for the past twenty six years. He has worked in all major departments within the police service, from roles as a Community Beat Officer, to Criminal Investigation and public order intervention. He was a Community Safety Officer in Cardiff for ten years, tasked with the primary role of assisting with the integration of asylum seekers (and more recently, European Union members) into the communities of South Wales. Police Constable Donovan is now employed as a Counter Terrorism, Community Engagement Officer, providing interventional support services with statutory partners and community organisations.

‘Since the arrival of asylum seekers in large numbers to the United Kingdom, the Police service has had to respond to and deal with a variety of incidents and concerns complicated by both language and cultural barriers.The PolicESOL Project has been designed to address these issues’ - Vince Donovan.Read about this Good Idea.


Howard Duncan

Executive Head, Metropolis Project

Howard Duncan is the Executive Head of the Metropolis Project. Metropolis is an international network for comparative research and public policy development on migration, diversity, and immigrant integration in cities in Canada and around the world.

In 1997, Howard joined the Metropolis Project as its International Project Director and became the Executive Head of International Metropolis in 2002. He has concentrated on increasing the Project’s benefits to the policy community by creating effective opportunities for direct and frank exchange between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, increasing Metropolis’ geographic reach, and expanding the range of issues it confronts.


Ali Eteraz (International)

Award winning author

Ali Eteraz was born in Lahore and raised in Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic, Pakistan and the United States. A graduate of Emory University (High Honours in Philosophy) and Temple Law, his first prose work, Children of Dust, was published in 2009. The American Institute of Pakistan Studies described the book as a "contemporary version of ‘A Portrait of the Muslim as a Young Man.’” The book was called “compelling” by the Washington Post, and O: The Oprah Magazine, chose it for its Fall Reading List. It was also listed among the 2009 Books of the Year by New Statesman and has been translated into Italian. In 2010, Children of Dust won a Nautilus Book Award in the category of "memoir/personal journey" and received Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival.

Prior to writing, Mr. Eteraz spent some time in the legal world, was involved in activism, and wrote an award-winning blog since retired. Currently he splits his time between the U.S. and Middle East, and occasionally contributes to The Guardian UK. His website is alieteraz.com

José Ramón Fernández-Peña (San Francisco, United States)

Founder and Director, Welcome Back; Associate Professor of Health Education, San Francisco State University

José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA is an Associate Professor of Health Education at San Francisco State University. Here, he is focused on health workforce diversity and cross cultural communication in health.

Dr. Fernández-Peña is the founder and director of the Welcome Back Initiative (WBI) a programme developed to assist internationally trained health professionals successfully navigate the requirements needed for them to enter the US workforce. The WBI currently includes centres in California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington, Maryland, New York, and Texas. Previously, Dr. Fernández-Peña  worked at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center in San Francisco as the director of Health Education. Before arriving in California, he was an Associate Director for quality management at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Fernández-Peña has a degree in medicine from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a masters’ degree in public administration from New York University.

Francesca Froy (Paris, France)

Senior Policy Analyst, OECD LEED Programme

Francesca Froy is a senior policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), working within the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme in Paris. She is focused on local governance and employment issues, and has implemented international studies that include ‘Designing local skills strategies,’ the ‘Local integration of immigrants into the labour market’ and ‘Integrating employment, skills and economic development.’ She is currently engaged in research to improve employment outcomes for ethnic minority youth.

She is the co-editor the OECD publication From Immigration to Integration: Local Solutions to a Global Challenge and Designing Local Skills Strategies. She is also on the Board of Advisors for the British Council OPENcities programme. Prior to joining LEED, she was involved in evaluating European projects and helping to manage the DG Employment and Social Affairs initiative IDELE (identification and dissemination of local employment development). She has a BSc in Anthropology from University of College London and an MA in cultural theory from the University of Reading.


Stefania Gavin (Turin, Italy)

Project Manager, Balon Flea Market (The Gate Project), Città di Torino

In 2002, Ms. Gavin began working for The Gate Project, a local agency for urban regeneration projects in Turin. She manages projects on integration and urban security; this includes research, project evaluations, and engaging the local citizens and associations.
The Porta Palazzo has been the focus of The Gate Project since 1998. Read about this Good Idea.

Ms. Gavin collaborated with Consorzio Italiano di Solidarietà (Italian Consortium of Solidarity), an Italian NGO, until 2004, working in humanitarian relief and refugee integration in Italy, the Balkans and the Middle East. She also managed psychosocial projects with refugees and survivors of torture, and was responsible for training humanitarian workers. Her expertise includes conflict resolution, community empowerment and project planning, with a special focus on immigrants and refugees.

Michaela Hertel (Barcelona, Spain)

Directora, Fundación Bertelsmann

Michaela Hertel has been Head of the Fundación Bertelsmann since 2004. She is a member of the Management, Committe of Bertelsmann Stiftung, deputy chairwoman of the Biblioteca Can Torró Foundation in Alcúdia, Mallorca deputy chairwoman of the board of the Foundations and Coordinadora Catalana de Fundacions in Barcelona.

Ulrich Kober (Stuttgart, Germany)

Director, Programm Integration und Bildung, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Ulrich Kober is currently Programme Director in the area of Integration and Education at the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s headquarters in Germany. He has been with the Bertelsmann Stiftung since 2000. One of the most prominent projects for which Mr. Kober was responsible was a federal competition on innovative integration projects. This competition was initiated by the then President of Germany, Johannes Rau. It resulted in the identification and dissemination of best practice on integration. It also promoted the positive aspects of integration and social cohesion in Germany. He was responsible for the 2008 Carl Bertelsmann Prize which was awarded to the Toronto District School Board for its excellence and equity policy.

Mr. Kober was a member of the Catholic Jesuit Order and has worked in various fields of Education and Integration. From 1991 to 2000, he was a Research Assistant for European migration policy at the Jesuit European Office in Brussels, Director of a civic education centre in Dresden and a secondary school teacher in Berlin and Medellín, Colombia.

Wim Kok (Netherlands)

Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands; President, Club of Madrid

Willem (Wim) Kok was born in Bergambacht on 29 September 1938. After completing his secondary school education, he attended Nijenrode Business School. From 1973 to 1985, he was a staff member and chairman of the largest trade union confederation of the Netherlands (FNV). He chaired the European Confederation of Trade Unions between 1979 and 1982. In 1986, he was elected as a member of parliament and shortly after that, he became leader of the Dutch Labor Party. Mr. Kok was Minister of Finance and deputy Prime Minister in the third Lubbers government from 1989 to 1994. After the parliamentarian elections in 1994, he became Prime Minister and Minister for General Affairs. He held office for two consecutive terms of four years each, until 2002. In 2004, he was appointed Minister of State. Since his retirement from active political life, he has taken a number of board positions in both listed companies and non-profit institutions. He has also advised the European Union on revitalizing its growth and employment strategy. Currently, he is a member of the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group. On January 1, 2010, he succeeded Ricardo Lagos (former President of Chile) as President of the Club de Madrid.


Sir Richard Leese (Manchester, United Kingdom)

Leader of Manchester City Council

Sir Richard Leese was born, brought up and went to school in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. After graduating from the University of Warwick, he worked as a teacher in Coventry and as an exchange teacher in the USA before moving to Manchester to take up a post as a youth worker. He was also employed variously in youth work, community work, and education research 1979-1988. He was elected to the Manchester City Council in 1984, and was Deputy Leader from 1990 to 1996, having previously Chaired the Education Committee (1986-90) and Finance Committee (1990-95).

Political interests include the links between economic development and social policy, developing open democracy and the community leadership role of local authorities; and the role of cities in creating a sustainable future. He is also heavily involved in regeneration activity including being on the board of the Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company. He was Director of Manchester Airport Group and Deputy Leader of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), becoming Chair of 4NW in March 2009.

Sara Llewellin (London, UK)

Chief Executive, Burrow Cadbury Trust

Sara Llewellin is the Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Sara was formerly Deputy Director of the City Bridge Trust, the largest charitable grant making foundation in London. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of St Giles Trust, providing services to homeless and vulnerable people.

Sara is a member of the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre, Credit Committee of Charity Bank and has served on a number of other national Boards, including the lottery distributors. Her background is in activism, particularly in the domestic violence movement and in local community


Susan Marjetti (Toronto, Canada)

Managing Director, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio, TV, Online

Susan Marjetti is the Managing Director of CBC radio, TV and online in Toronto. In addition to running the Toronto operation, Ms. Marjetti is responsible for overseeing 3 smaller stations across Ontario, Canada. For 20 years she was an award winning journalist and programmer in small, medium and major market radio, before moving into management at the CBC in 1998.

In 2001, Ms. Marjetti took the reins of CBC radio 99.1 Toronto, and set forth to ensure that the public broadcaster looked and sounded like Toronto in all its richness and diversity. As a result, the CBC Toronto morning show, Metro Morning, has been number one over twenty times since Ms. Marjetti and her team implemented their plan. For the past 5 years, she has been a member of CBC's English Services diversity committee- an oversight group which advises on strategic direction for the corporation on issues pertaining to diversity.

David Martín Abánades (Madrid, Spain)

Sergeant, Policía de Fuenlabrada

David Martín Abánades has been a member of the Madrid Police force since 1996. He has won several distinctions including the Police Medal of Merit awarded by the Municipality of Fuenlabrada, the National Award in Safety and Emergency for the Spanish project STEPSS.

Sergeant Martín Abánades has also lectured in Spain at the Police Academies of Madrid and Murcia, the School of Public Protection of Castilla-La Mancha, and Carlos III University in Madrid. He is an expert in Security Direction and Management, lecturing at Francisco de Vitoria University, and in Public Security Management. He also gave workshops in collaboration with the London Metropolitan Police Service and Leicestershire Constabulary in 2007. In 2009, he spoke at several international conferences on security, including the European Network Against Racism General Assembly (Brussels), “Security Sector Governance in the Arab Region: What Role for the Civil Society” (Amman) and “Regional Programme Cities Without Violence Against Women,” Bogota 2009.He has also collaborated with the OSCE (Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe) as a Police Expert in Relations Between Police and Minorities and Hate Crimes.


Kris Mason (San Francisco, United States)

Director, Puget Sound Welcome Back Center

Kristina H. Mason has an MA in Adult Ed/TESOL from Seattle University. She has 20 years of experience in marketing and communications and 15 years of experience in Adult Education, with an emphasis on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In 2007, Ms. Mason was introduced to the Welcome Back Initiative and was able to help replicate a Welcome Back Center for Washington State. She is now Director of the Puget Sound Welcome Back Center hosted at Highline Community College. As Director, she conducts trainings for the Welcome Back Initiative, supervises teachers of English for Medical Professionals and Welcome Back Center staff, coordinates educational interventions for her Welcome Back participants, and acts as a consultant for other local programmes helping immigrants and refugees transition into the healthcare workforce.


Kica Matos (New York, United States)

Program Executive and Head, U.S. Reconciliation & Human Rights Program, The Atlantic Philanthropies; former Deputy Mayor, City of New Haven

Kica Matos is the Program Executive and Head of the U.S. Reconciliation & Human Rights Program at The Atlantic Philanthropies. She was previously the Deputy Mayor of the City of New Haven and oversaw the creation of the groundbreaking Elm City Resident Card. This was an ID card for all residents and allowed the New Haven immigrant population to engage in both formal banking as well as civic and community life.

She was also previously the Executive Director of JUNTA for Progressive Action, New Haven’s oldest Latino community-based organization and has extensive experience in the area of criminal justice having worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund as well as Amnesty International. She holds a B.A. from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, an M.A. from the New School and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2005 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, which is given annually to one elected and one non-elected public servant in recognition of their contribution to public life.


Elizabeth McIsaac (Toronto, Canada)

Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

Elizabeth McIsaac is the Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), a multi-stakeholder collaboration that identifies and implements local and practical solutions that lead to meaningful employment for skilled immigrants. Elizabeth has worked with TRIEC since it was launched in 2003 as a project of The Maytree Foundation. She has also held various positions at the Maytree Foundation, most recently as the Director of Policy. Before joining the Foundation, Elizabeth was the Executive Director of the Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, a non-governmental organization advocating for policy changes that would create better access to licensing for immigrant doctors. Previous to this she worked in direct service with immigrant and refugee communities, as well as holding various roles in research and teaching.

On the issue of immigrant labour market integration, Elizabeth has most recently co-authored Making the Connections: Ottawa’s Role in Immigrant Employment published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Canada (2007), and Integrating Immigrants in Canada: Addressing Skills Diversity in the OECD publication, From Immigration to Integration: Local Solutions to a Global Challenge (2006).


Raja Miah (Oldham, United Kingdom)

M.B.E. Founder, PeaceMaker

Raja Miah led PeaceMaker's work since its inception in 1997 until the beginning of 2010. First developed to tackle local issues in Oldham, PeaceMaker soon found itself supporting the government in responding to issues of community conflict across the country. Raja's experience through PeaceMaker has helped inform and develop the community cohesion agenda. In particular, Raja has supported in the development of practice with children and young people, helping them to find long-term solutions to issues of community conflict and equipping them with the skills necessary to challenge and overcome prejudice, both their own and that of the communities where they lead their lives. Raja has lead PeaceMaker to become recognised by the government as a lead organisation in developing the Community Cohesion agenda. Read the Peacemaker story in our featured Good Ideas.

Today Raja leads a new social enterprise named RISE. Developed specifically to respond to build resilience in communities protecting people from exploitation from extremists, RISE already has a substantial portfolio. In making the transition from PeaceMaker to RISE, Raja's ethos was to work where he would be most useful not where it was easiest.


Raheel Mohammed (London, United Kingdom)

Director, The Maslaha Project

Mr. Mohammed leads on the Maslaha project, which focuses on promoting a greater understanding of Islam for Muslims and non-Muslims and finding practical solutions for Muslim communities and public services in areas such as health and education. Read about this Good Idea.

Mr. Mohammed has also been profiled in The Guardian newspaper, in a supplement focusing on social pioneers. He was selected for the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in Doha, as well as taking part in the Religion and Democracy in Europe Initiative, the US International Visitor Leadership Program and the UK Race and Europe Network’s project on Muslim Youth and Active Citizenship. He was also the Assistant Director at the Offscreen Education Programme, advising on and initiating education programmes designed to raise awareness of Middle Easternand Muslim cultures through art in partnership with organisations such as the British Museum and City Hall.


Marnix Norder (The Hague, Netherlands)

Deputy Mayor, the Municipality of The Hague

Marnix Norder is the current Deputy Mayor the City of The Hague. Always politically interested, he began his career at the national Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM). He later worked as a researcher and advisor for the B&A Group, a consultancy in the Hague.

In 1999, he served as the head of staff for the parliamentary enquiry into the 1992 Bijlmermeer air disaster. From 1999 to 2004, he was executive councilor (lid van het College van Gedeputeerde Staten) of the province of Zuid-Holland (South Holland). His areas of focus were city planning, traffic and transportation, governmental affairs, energy and environment. From October 2004 until May 2010, he served as The Hague’s alderman for Urban Development (including housing, monuments, archaeology, water and construction). Deputy Mayor Norder holds a Master’s Degree in philosophy and chemistry from the University of Groningen.

Ratna Omidvar (Toronto, Canada)

President, Maytree Foundation

Ms. Omidvar is the President of Maytree, a private foundation dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada. It has a special focus on accelerating the integration of immigrants and refugees so that they can contribute quickly and effectively to the public good. She is the founding Chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and serves as a Director of The Toronto City Summit Alliance.

She has been appointed to a number of taskforces, including the Transition Advisory Board to the Premier of Ontario in 2003 and to Prime Minister Paul Martin’s External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities. She was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2006, and most recently she was recognized by the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s National Builders of the Decade.

Ayse Ozbabacan (Stuttgart, Germany)

Coordinator, European Cities Network CLIP; the Department of Integration Policy, Stuttgart

Ayse Ozbabacan works for the Department for Integration Policy of the City of Stuttgart. She coordinates the European Cities Network CLIP (Cities for Local Integration Policies of Migrants) and supports the city’s implementation of the Stuttgart Pact for Integration, a Stuttgart Integration Policy concept. For the last two and a half years, she has worked on the extension of the network and supported the CLIP scientific research group’s conduction of migration-specific case studies in Stuttgart, Athens, Istanbul and Izmir.

Ms. Ozbabacan is multilingual, speaking German, English, French, Dutch, Kurdish, and Turkish. She has degrees in European studies and law, and a master’s degree in European culture from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She has also spent a one month public policy fellowship at the Transatlantic Academy of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, studying local integration policies in selected U.S. cities.


Bashy Quraishy (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Chief Editor, MediaWatch; Chair, Advisory Council, ENAR

Bashy Quraishy is the Chief Editor of MediaWatch, a quarterly magazine focused on media and minorities as well as the Chair of Fair Play, a Danish media monitoring organization. From 2001-2007, he was the President of European Network Against Racism (ENAR), which is the largest EU network against racism (over 600 member organization). He remains involved with ENAR as the current Chair of ENAR’s Advisory Council and Chair of the European Platform for Jewish Muslim Co-operation.

A regular speaker and media commentator, he is also the author of eight books, including, I am not racist but…(1996), From Punjab to Copenhagen (1999), and Danish Identity Seen Through Brown Eyes (2003). He is currently researching a book on media attitudes towards religious minorities.

Andries Van Rozen (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Diversity Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers N.V.

Andries van Rozen was appointed this year as Diversity Officer for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Netherlands. His journey within PwC started after finalizing his masters in Economics at the University of Groningen. After a few years of auditing he moved on within PwC to the consultancy practice. Mr. van Rozen is specialized in change management and people development. He has worked with different multinational companies in many different countries. Diversity is part of the company’s ambition to create an inclusive culture. In the coming years the strategic focus will be on gender and ethnical diversity.

Ramazan Salman (Hannover, Germany)

Executive Managing Director and Co-founder, Ethno-Medical Centre (Ethno-Medizinisches Zentrum - EMZ)

Mr. Salman was born in Turkey and settled in Hannover, Germany, at the age of six. A leading expert in health care in Germany and Turkey, Mr. Salman is changing society's approach towards immigration and the integration of immigrants. Key to Mr. Salman’s vehicle to pursue his vision of integration is an Ethno-Medical Centre (Ethno-Medizinisches Zentrum - EMZ), which he founded in Hannover in 1990 while studying sociology and medicine. At the core of this centre is a system of nationwide networks called MiMi (migrants for migrants) that are led by socially integrated immigrants who reach out to assist other new immigrants. Read about this Good Idea (MiMi).

For his innovative and entrepreneurial work in creating MiMi, in 2006, Ramazan Salman was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship as Social Entrepreneur of the Year. In December of 2008, he was named Germany’s “Social Entrepreneur” in a competition organized by the Schwab Foundation (specifically Professor Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum in Davos), The Boston Consulting Group and under the patronage of the German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel.

Hugo Seabra (Amadora, Portugal)

Project Manager, Migration and Urban Communities, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Hugo Seabra is the Project Manager of Migration and Urban Communities for the Gulbenkian Foundation, a position he has held since October 2005. The Gulbenkian Foundation partnered with the City of Amadora in producing The Generation Project, one of the Cities of Migration Conference's featured Good Ideas. Previously, Mr. Seabra served as a Consultant at the Planning Department of the Portuguese Justice Ministry. He is the author of the book Delinquency in Black and White: A Study of Young People's Reinsertion, and the co-author of three others: Contributions of Immigrants to the Portuguese Demography, with Maria João Valente Rosa and Tiago Santos; Criminality of Foreigners in Portugal, with Tiago Santos and Foreign Inmates in Portugal, with Tiago Santos.

Mr. Seabra also regularly publishes on migration related issues, including racism, xenophobia, criminality, demography and social integration. He holds a degree in Sociology (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), a post-graduate degree in Nationalisms and Ethnicities (Universiteit Van Amsterdam) and a Masters in Historical Economy and Sociology (Universidade Nova de Lisboa).


Marijo Terzic (Duisburg, Germany)

Department for Integration, Municipality of Diusburg

Marijo Terzic is the Deputy Leader of the Department for Integration of the City of Duisburg. Established in summer 2007, the self-contained department with a cross section character, reports directly to the Lord Mayor.

Mr. Terzic has worked in the fields of migration, integration and cultural diversity for almost 20 years. In this time he has acquired extensive experience and founded knowledge in practical integration work on an operational level, in local integration-political work, with an emphasis on social affairs, health and education. At present, his focus is on local strategic integration.


Daniel De Torres (Barcelona, Spain)

Commissioner for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue, Municipalidad de Barcelona

Daniel de Torres has been Commissioner for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue of Barcelona Municipality since June 2007. In 2003, he started working at the Municipality of Barcelona as a policy adviser on social policies for the Deputy Mayor, and in 2006 he joined the Mayor’s Cabinet office.

He’s an expert on migration policies and has been the coordinator of the research area on diversity and migration at the Rafael Campalans Foundation since 2001, writing several articles on these topics. He has also been a consultant at the Acceso a Europa consultancy, advising different institutions and managing several European projects on social cohesion issues. Mr. De Torres has a degree in economics from the Barcelona University, a diploma in international relations studies from the London University and a post-graduate degree in immigration and interculturality from the Barcelona University.


Justin Treagus (Auckland, New Zealand)

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Opportunities for Migrant Employment In Greater Auckland (OMEGA)

Justin brings a range of experience in Leadership, Learning, Organisational Development and Change Management to OMEGA. He has led HR projects in six countries across Europe and Africa and understands the value in managing and leveraging diversity. Read about this Good Idea (OMEGA).

As a member of a global Learning and Development leadership team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, he developed and delivered induction and leadership development programmes aimed at maximising the benefits of diversity. Mr. Treagus joined OMEGA as its Programme Director in January 2008, and has been responsible for its strategic direction, as well as developing the programme from inception to an independent organisation. In November 2009, OMEGA became an independent, not-for-profit organisation, and Mr. Treagus was appointed CEO. He has been living in Auckland for the past 5 years and holds a BCom Honours from the University of Cape Town.


Kim Turner (Toronto, Canada)

Project Leader, Cities of Migration

Kim Turner joined the Maytree Foundation to design and implement the Cities of Migration Project in 2008. Prior to joining Maytree, She led the national Nonprofit Library Commons project at Imagine Canada (formerly the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy), developing information sharing networks and tools to support capacity building in Canada’s community sector. Ms. Turner’s background includes working with Francophone and First Nations communities in Ontario’s adult literacy sector, as well as thesaurus construction and related professional experience in academic, government and public libraries. She has a Master of Arts and a Master of Information Science from The University of Toronto.


Vijaya Vaidyanath (Waitakere, New Zealand)

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Waitakere City Council

Vijaya Vaidyanath was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Waitakere, the fifth largest city in New Zealand in early 2008. She was the former CEO of Rodney District Council, the fastest growing region in the country. She is the first person of multi-ethnic origin to be appointed to the position of CEO in New Zealand Local Government. As Chief Executive Officer of Waitakere, New Zealand’s first “Eco City”, her role includes delivering social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes. Just two years ago, the city she leads was accorded the most Liveable City status by the United Nations, backed LivCom Awards. In the last two years, this Eco City has won 27 international and national awards for leading edge environmental initiative and effective community partnership models. She has been a strong catalyst in transforming the agenda of diverse cities, which she has led by bringing together the vision and voices of new migrants residing in contemporary New Zealand.

Ms. Vaidyanath holds three degrees, including an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in the USA with a Dean’s Placement for Academic Excellence. She is also a Senior Executive Fellow from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.