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Human Mobility Initiative: who we are


HMI is hosted by ODI in collaboration with the Center for Global Development and the London School of Economics Institute for Global Affairs.

We work with a range of people and organisations:

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Our team

Marta Foresti - Director, ODI Europe

John Robson - Project Manager

Maria Almyraki - Project Management Officer

David Donoghue - Distinguished Fellow

Sara Pantuliano - Chief Executive, ODI 

Jessica-Hagen Zanker - Senior Research Fellow

Claire Kumar - Senior Research Fellow  

Federica Fragapane - Information Designer 

Francesca Bastagli - Director of Programme, Equity and Social Policy - Principal Research Fellow

Veronique Barbelet - Senior Research Fellow

Amanda Gray Meral - Research Fellow 

Gemma Hennessy - Research Officer

Nando Sigona - Senior Research Associate

Hannah Postel - Research Associate 

Matteo Villa - Research Associate  

Gonzalo Fanjul - Research Associate

Katy Long - Research Associate

Our advisory network

Charlotte Alfred – International Editor, First Draft News – USA and United Kingdom

Erik Berglof – Director, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics (LSE) – United Kingdom

Jørgen Carling – Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) – Norway

Michael Clemens – Director of Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGD) – USA

Tim Cole –  Europe Executive Director, The ONE Campaign – United Kingdom

Jason Gagnon – Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – France

Helen Dempster – Assistant Director and Senior Associate for Policy Outreach for Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy, Center for Global Development (CGD) – United Kingdom

Andrew Geddes – Professor in Migration Studies and Director, Migration Policy Centre (MPC), European University Institute – Italy

Lukas Gehrke – Director, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) – Austria

Laura Hammond – Professor of Development Studies, SOAS – United Kingdom 

Karen Hargrave – Independent consultant specialising in migration and displacement, research and policy management – United Kingdom

Nadia Idries – Director and Solicitor, KPMG LLP – United Kingdom

Manja Kargbo – Team Lead, Mayors Delivery Unit, Freetown

David Khoudour – Human Mobility Advisor within the Recovery Solution and Human Mobility Team, UNDP Crisis Bureau

Michele Klein-Solomon – Senior Policy Adviser to the Director General, International Organization for Migration – Switzerland

Jane Leu – Founder, Migration Ventures – USA

Nassim Majidi – Co-Director, Samuel Hall – Kenya

Lefteris Papagiannakis –  Former Vice Mayor for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralization, Athens, Greece

Tuesday Reitano – Deputy Director, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime – Switzerland

Melissa Siegel – Head of Migration Studies, Maastricht University – The Netherlands

Federico Soda – Director, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mediterranean Region/Italy/Holy See – Italy

Joseph Teye – Director, Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana – Ghana

Rob Whitby - Deputy Head, Migration and Modern Slavery Unit, UK Department for International Development 

Alan Winters – Professor of Economics, University of Sussex – United Kingdom