Migration. Chances. Challanges.



With millions of refugees on the move worldwide and people leaving their home countries for political and economic reasons, migration has become a topic that has been on the news for months and that has been discussed in governments, society and at our dinner tables. But what is the next step? The integration of migrants is generally seen as
a challenge, but can it also be a promise and an opportunity? Migration is not a new phenomenon. What can we learn from history? How canwe nd constructive and positive solutions and how can we learn from countries that have dealt with a big in ux of migrants already? Will wechange as a society in the whole and as individuals? In the process, will we re-consider what we see as our cultural and personal identities?



  • Mehmet Çelebi
    Mehmet Çelebi

    Mehmet Alparslan Çelebi is board member of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), co-founder of the Center for Arts, Research and Education (CARE e.V.), co- publisher at Der.Wisch publishing house and works as a Manager at zeb Financial Services Advisory. Mehmet’s areas of social work comprise Islamic identity in Europe, Islamophobia, Turkish-German relations and social and political integration of Muslims, where he creates collaboration networks and initiates and leads projects. As political active and conservative Muslims, his parents have founded one of Europe’s biggest Turkish- Islamic NGO named ATIB with over 180 member associations throughout Europe. Mehmet has led the youth organization of ATIB and was announced as board member, where today he is in charge of refugee projects, education of young members and collaboration with governmental bodies.

    He was elected as a substitute member of the board of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, where he works on refugee and welfare projects for the Muslim community in Germany.

    Twitter: @MehmetCelebi | Website:

  • Abdoulaye Fall
    Abdoulaye Fall

    Abdoulaye Fall holds a degree in English Studies. He later attended a Master in Translation, Interpretation and Intercultural Studies and has a Master in Immigration Management. Currently, Abdoulaye is a PhD candidate researching on Senegalese Migration in Catalonia at the Center for Demographic Studies of Barcelona.

    After founding his own self-funded group, he got involved in the self-funded Communities Program as a eld agent andcontributed considerably in reaching migrants’ communities in Spain alongside with the monitoring of CAFs and the organization oftraining activities in the eld of micro nanceand community organization. He became ACAF of communication and external relations and later the association’s Program Manager. Abdoulaye is presently Vice-President of the European Financial Inclusion Network.
    Based on his own work experience, he deeply believes in the capacity of low-income people to improve their life conditions without external help provided they are given the adequate tools and the reasons to believe in it.

    Twitter: @falabdu | Website:

  • Anne Kjær Riechert
    Anne Kjær Riechert

    Anne Kjær Riechert is a graduate from the prestigious social innovation and change management education KaosPilot in Denmark. She worked as the creative lead and corporate social responsibility consultant for the Copenhagen-based brand strategy company Stoic, where she, amongst others, developed and implemented Samsung Electronics award-winning CSR strategy for Scandinavia.

    Anne was recognized by Berlingske Business Magazine as one of Denmark’s 10 largest talents under 35 years, in the “Business Development” category.

    In 2012 Anne moved to Berlin to set up the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab in collaboration with Stanford University. The lab focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social change toward global peace. In response to the refugee crises, Anne co-founded Refugees on Rails to help integrate refugees into the European tech scene. The project later developed into a vocational training program teaching basic and advanced programming skills to asylum seekers to get them ready to work. Since January 2016 Anne is managing director of the program, called “ReDI School of Digital Integration”.

    Twitter: @anneriechert  | Website:

  • Inge Missmahl
    Inge Missmahl

    Inge Missmahl has been involved as a main actor in the activities supporting the establishment of a mental health system and mental health services in Afghanistan since 2004. Inge has founded IpsogGmbH (International Psychosocial Organisation) a non profit humanitarian Organisation basedin Germany. She also founded the online video service: Ipso is specialized in the eld of mental health and psychosocial care, developing locally adapted concepts, delivering trainings for psycho social counsellors and other health staff. Psychosocial stressors, such as family conflicts, personal problems, grief, life transitions and the possible conflicts arising from the different value systems in societies of different stakeholders are addressed with Ipso’s programs.
    Peace and reconciliation, strengthening civil society and individuals to take social responsibility are the underlying aims of all Ipso’s programs.

    Twitter: @inge_unterwegs | Website:

  • David Lubell
    David Lubell

    David Lubell is a social entrepreneur, and leader in a global movement for the development of more welcoming, inclusive societies. He is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since 2009. Welcoming America’s unique expertise is helping local communities adjust to - and seize as an opportunity - demographic change caused by migrant in-ows. Welcoming America is now beginning to share its model with partners across the world. David founded and became Executive Director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). While at TIRRC, David helped found Welcoming Tennessee, the model for Welcoming America.

    White House honored Welcoming America and ten of its leaders as White House Champions of Change, and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group named Welcoming America a recipient of their Intercultural Innovation Award.

    David received a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a recipient of several social entrepreneurship fellowships, including those from Ashoka, Draper Richards Kaplan and Harvard.

    Twitter: @dmlubell  | Website:

  • Kilian Kleinschmidt
    Kilian Kleinschmidt

    Kilian Kleinschmidt is an international networker, humanitarian and refugee expert with over 25 years experience in a wide range of countries, emergencies and refugee camps as United Nations offcial, Aid worker and Diplomat. He is the founder and Chairman of the Startup Innovation and Planning Agency (IPA) which aims at connecting the millions of poor and dispossessed with the idle and under-utilized resources and modern technologies of the 21st century through its project Switxboard. Kilian is part of a number of initiatives and projects which aim at global connectivity through better use of globalization. He currently also advises the Austrian Ministry of Interior on Refugee issues.
    He became known as the “Mayor of Zatari” when he managed on behalf of UNHCR the refugee camp of Za’atari in Northern Jordan from 2013 to 2014. Za’atari has become a symbol for new and innovative approaches in refugee and humanitarian management under his leadership. He is now challenging the Humanitarian Aid Sector through a range ofnew partnerships, technologies and dancing. His work on emerging cities and urbanization of refugee camps is widely recognized.

    Twitter: @KilianK | Website:

  • Sebastian Muschter
    Sebastian Muschter

    Sebastian Muschter is currently President of the Berlin State Agency for Health and Social Services (LAGeSo), providing services for over 50.000 refugees and more than 600.000 handicapped citizens, but also overseeing pharmacies, hospitals and other medical providers. He joined the LAGeSo as an interim manager as a result of the struggles the public administration faces with the vastly increased number of refugees.

    Before LAGeSo Sebastian worked for McKinsey and Company for over 11 years, lastly as their Head of the Berlin office and co-lead of the public sector practice. He focused extensively on modernizing the public sector, e.g. while helping the German Labor Agency. His topics of expertise are eGovernment and mega-project management.
    Before McKinsey, Sebastian worked for two start-up companies in Philadelphia and Boston. He holds a Ph.D. from St. Gallen University and a diploma from the University of Siegen.

    Twitter: @SnarksNSparks | Website:

  • Shai Reshef
    Shai Reshef

    President and founder of University of the People, Shai Reshef is an educational entrepreneur, with over 25 years of experience in the international education market. Shai has been widely recognized for his work with UoPeople, including being named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, awarded an Ashoka fellowshipand selected by The Huffington Post as the Ultimate Game Changer in Education. Recently, he was awarded the Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy by Prince Albert II of Monaco. Before founding University of the People, Shai directed KIT e-learning, the first online university in Europe. His TED Talk: “An Ultra-Low-Cost College Degree” has been viewed by over 2.5 million people.

    Twitter: @ShaiReshef | Website:


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