The selection of papers and panels for IFMS 2020 is led by the Programme Committee. The Committee is composed of migration data scientists from across the world. Representatives from the three organisers – IOM, UN DESA, and OECD – as well as the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) are also included on the Committee.
Aderanti Adepogu, a Nigerian, Professor, economist-demographer and aleading African migration specialist, spent several years lecturing andresearching issues on migration at the Universities of Ife and Lagos,Nigeria and while working for the ILO in Addis Ababa, UN in Swazilandand UNFPA in Senegal. A former President of the Union for AfricanPopulation Studies, research team leader, UN-FPA/IOM Research onEmigration Dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa, and member of WorldEconomic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Migration, he is nowthe Chief Executive of Human Resources Development Centre inLagos and the Founder and Coordinator of the Network of MigrationResearch on Africa. He serves on the editorial advisory board of severalkey international migration journals and has published numerousscientific articles and books on aspects of Africa’s internationalmigration and regional integration. He is also Editor-in-Chief of theinaugural edition of Africa Migration Review, 2019.
RAFAEL DIEZ DE MEDINA
Rafael Diez de Medin is currently the Chief Statistician and Director of the Department of Statistics International Labour Organization.
Born in Bolivia in 1960 of Uruguayan nationality, he graduated in Economics and Statistics, obtaining his Master in Economics and Econometrics in UDELAR (Uruguay) and post-graduate studies in Statistics and Econometrics (CIENES, Chile) After having worked for many years in the National Statistical Office in Uruguay as technical advisor and head of the Household Surveys Division, in 1986 he joined the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) as Regional Advisor in Labour Markets, then been appointed Special Advisor to the Executive Secretary, Technical Coordinator and Director of the ECLAC’s Montevideo office, working intensively at the regional level in technical assistance to all National Statistical offices, especially focused on household surveys, income and expenditures surveys, living standards surveys and poverty assessments.
He participated actively in the harmonization of labour and poverty statistics jointly working with the World Bank and the Inter-American Bank in the MECOVI project, as well as in the Household Surveys Capability Programme of the UN Statistical Department. He has worked as consultant to the World Bank, the IADB, FAO, UNDP, UNIDO, GTZ, IOM, ILO, EC, UNFPA, ALADI, etc.
He has taught Statistics, Sampling Techniques and Econometrics at many universities in Latin America and the Caribbean, having authored several books and publications in statistical methods and applied time series. He worked extensively in qualitative models and in labour econometrics.
In 2003, he joined the ILO as Senior Economist in the Policy Integration Department in Geneva. In 2007 he was appointed Senior Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Office of the Director General and in 2009 he was promoted to Chief Statistician and Director of a newly created ILO Department of Statistics, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Since July 1st, 2014, Pedro Calado has taken the functions of High Commissioner for Migration, a responsibility that he leads in parallel with the CEO function of the "Choices" Program (Programa Escolhas) – a government program, created in 2001 to promote social inclusion and equal opportunities for children and young people in vulnerable contexts.
Married and father of two children, he is currently 44 years old and lives in Lisbon.
Mr. Calado holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) in Geography from the Classic University of Lisbon with a specialization in Education, and a Master's Degree in Geography from the Classic University of Lisbon / University of Sheffield with a specialization in in "Exclusion, Society and Territory.”
Ellen Percy Kraly holds the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Colgate University. During 2019, she is serving as the Willy Brandt Guest Professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmo University. She is Chair of the Scientific Panel on International Migration of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and is organizing a workshop on the demography of refugees for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She is former editor of the International Migration Review. Her published scholarship has addressed the demography of refugee and forced migration, relationship between immigration and US population and environment, emigration, international migration statistics, immigrant incorporation, and population data systems and human rights. Dr. Kraly was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Immigration Statistics and has prepared reports on topics including international migration data and immigration policies for the United Nations Statistical Commission, National Academy of Sciences, US Immigration and Naturalization Service, US Census Bureau and US Commission on Immigration Reform. She teaches courses in geography, environmental studies, peace and conflict studies and sociology at Colgate University, and serves on the faculty elected Committee on Promotion and Tenure. In 2014 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Curtin University, Perth, Australia recognizing her work to return Aboriginal artwork to Western Australia.
Diego Iturralde is the Executive Manager of the Demography division for Statistics South Africa. The major deliverable he is responsible for is annual population estimates, which take all population dynamics into account. Mr. Iturralde has an interest particularly in issues related to migration, its measurement, analysis and management. He currently serve on positions on structures of the IOM and the UN Statistics Division related to migration and is an advocate for better migration data to quell anti-immigrant sentiment and to inform policy more effectively.
DOUGLAS S. MASSEY
Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University where he also directs the Office of Population Research. Prior to joining Princeton's faculty he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. He is Past-President of the Population Association of America, the American Sociological Association, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is currently a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Academia Europea.
CATARINA REIS OLIVIERA
Catarina Reis Oliveira is the Director of the Portuguese Observatory for Migration and since 2014 the scientific coordinator and author of the Portuguese series Immigration in Numbers, which namely publish the Annual Reports on Indicators of Immigrants Integration that is the most important publication of official data on immigrants in Portugal (with statistical and administrative data), being acknowledged by its role of monitoring the integration of immigrants in the country and the effects that national policies have on the migrant population residing in the country. In the past two years she was also part of a working group designated to work with the National Statistical Institute (INE) on the feasibility to collect ethnic and racial data in population Census in Portugal.
Catarina holds a PhD on Sociology, a MA in Statistics and a degree in Sociology, being also Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon. In 2000 she received an academic award on Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in the Contemporary society by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She has published extensively on migration issues, including book chapters and scientific journal articles. Over the years she participated in several international research projects, being among others the European coordinator of the INTI project One-Stop-Shop: a new answer for immigrants’ integration. She was advisor of three Portuguese High Commissioners for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (presently High Commission for Migrations - ACM) and the Head of Unit of Research and International Relations of ACM between 2005 and 2015. Before that she was Lecturer in the Sociology Department of the New University of Lisbon, namely in a post-graduate course on Migration, Ethnic Minorities and Transnationalism.
Angela Me is currently the chief of the UNODC Statistics and Surveys Section. Her current responsibilities include: i) the collection, analysis and dissemination of drug and crime statistics, ii) support to countries in their efforts to collect drug and crime data, and iii) the development of international standards in the field of crime and drug statistics. Before joining UNODC Ms. Me worked for in other international organizations, the United Nations Statistics Division and the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Ms. Me has written a number of papers, contributed to publications and made presentations in several meetings where she provided inputs on a wide rage of issues related to social and demographic statistics. Ms. Me holds a Ph.D in Statistics from the University of Padua (Italy) and a Master in Statistics and Demography from the same University.
Petra Nahmias leads the statistics team at UNHCR, working on a wide variety of statistical and demographic issues related to forced displacement and statelessness. A sociologist-demographer by training, she has worked in both international and national statistical systems including the United Nations Population Division, the UK Department for International Development and the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. She has a PhD in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University and an MA in Demography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Keiko Osaki-Tomita is the President of Tokiwa University and Tokiwa Junior College, located in Mito, Japan. She had a long professional career at the United Nations. From 2009 to 2018, she was Assistant Director as well as Chief of Demographic and Social Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in New York, where she led the global collection and dissemination of demographic and social statistics, including migration statistics, and the development of standards and norms for statistical activities in these areas. Prior to this position, she was Chief of the Social Policy and Population Section at United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, and Chief of the Migration Section of UN Population Division at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Her areas of academic interests include demography, international migration, gender issues, social statistics and the monitoring of SDGs. She also serves as a member of United Nations Expert Group on International Migration Statistics.
Osaki-Tomita holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Fordham University, USA, and a MA degree in Demography from Georgetown University, USA.
Ann Singleton’s work focuses on international migration data, the production of knowledge on migration and the development of migration and asylum policy. She has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and EU Presidencies, national governments, NGOs and international organizations.
Between 1996 and 2002 Ms. Singleton developed the Eurostat database on international migration and asylum. From 2002 to 2004 she was responsible for policy on statistics in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Home Affairs. She wrote the European Commission’s Action Plans on migration and asylum statistics, prepared the first EU online annual report on migration and asylum and pioneered, with Eurostat, the first EU legislation on statistics on migration and international protection.
MARUJA M.B. ASIS
Maruja M.B. Asis is Director of the Scalabrini Migration Center, based in Manila, Philippines. She is a sociologist who has long been working on international migration and social change in Asia. Her areas of interest and research work include gender, family and migration; migration and development; and migration governance. Her recently completed research dealt with comparing recruitment systems and how they shape migration governance, bilateral relations and migrant worker protection, migrant fishermen in Southeast Asia, and exploring agriculture as an alternative to migration among young Filipinos. She is editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal.
Samir Farid, MED-HIMS – Samir Farid is Chief Technical Advisor of the ‘Mediterranean Household International Migration Survey’ (MED-HIMS) programme. He is a statistician-demographer based in London, UK. He has over 35 years of extensive experience in providing technical assistance to National Statistical Offices in 18 countries in the MENA region where he designed and managed more than 22 internationally funded multipurpose household surveys from inception to conclusion. His work experience spans senior scientific expert roles at the British Office for National Statistics (1970-1977), ISI/World Fertility Survey (1977-1984), the Gulf Family Health Surveys Programme (1985-2000), and EC/Eurostat/MEDSTAT & MED-HIMS Programmes. He acted as consultant for the World Bank and various UN organizations and participated extensively in international and regional expert group meetings and workshops. He was Visiting Professor at the City University of London (1988-2001). Samir Farid was co-author of “Guidelines for the Compilation of Statistics on International Migration for the Euro-Med Region” (Eurostat /MEDSTAT-II, 2009), and the main author of the MED-HIMS programme “Model Manuals” including the “Model Questionnaires”, (Eurostat/ MEDSTAT-III, 2013, and Eurostat /MEDSTAT-IV, 2019). Samir has published widely on population trends and patterns in the MENA region; he was author or co-author and editor of more than 34 books and monographs, and more than 60 scientific papers.