MEET THE PANELISTS
DAY 2 | VULNERABLE POPULATIONS PANEL
Microsoft – Humanitarian Partnerships (disaster response, AI, innovative technologies)
Having joined Microsoft Philanthropies in 2016, Cameron Birge resides in Seattle and is a Senior Program Manager on the Humanitarian Partnerships team. He leads the company’s humanitarian emergency response portfolio, the AI for Humanitarian Action initiative, and the COVID19 response for emerging markets. Before landing at Microsoft, he was with the United Nations World Food Programme for 10 years as a logistics and program officer working predominantly in South Sudan building on his previous five years with the US Army as an infantry officer.
Professor Caroline Buckee
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Professor Caroline Buckee joined Harvard School of Public Health in the summer of 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. In 2013, Prof. Buckee was named the Associate Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.
The Buckee lab uses mathematical models and data science to understand the mechanisms driving the spread of infectious diseases, with a focus on pathogens like malaria that effect vulnerable populations in low income countries. After receiving a D.Phil from the University of Oxford, Caroline worked at the Kenya Medical Research Institute to analyze clinical and epidemiological aspects of malaria as a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work led to an Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute, where she developed theoretical approaches to understanding malaria parasite evolution and ecology. In 2013 Prof. Buckee was named one of MIT Tech Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, a CNN Top 10: Thinker, and Foreign Policy Magazine’s Global Thinkers. Her work has appeared in high profile scientific journals such as Science and PNAS, as well as being featured in the popular press, including CNN, The New Scientist, Voice of America, NPR, and ABC.
Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR
Anne-Marie brings more than 30 years of fundraising and marketing experience – both in the United States and internationally – to USA for UNHCR. Appointed in September 2014 to lead the organization and enhance its programs and resources, Anne-Marie is committed to mobilizing efforts in support of the 79.5 million men, women and children that have been forced to flee their homes around the world.
Prior to joining USA for UNHCR, Anne-Marie worked with UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF and Share our Strength in a variety of leadership fundraising and marketing positions. Before returning to the United States, Anne-Marie lived in Australia, where she led marketing and development programs for the National Museum of Australia and held several roles at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
Professor Ahmet Icduygu
Director of the Migration Research Center, Koc University
Ahmet İçduygu is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University, Istanbul Turkey. He currently holds a dual appointment as a full professor at Koç, one is in the Department of International Relations and the other is in the Department of Sociology. He is also the Director of the Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc). Prof. İçduygu holds a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University. He held visiting fellow positions at Stockholm University, the University of Warwick, the University of Manchester, and the European University Institute in Florence. He is an elected member of the Science Academy in Turkey.
Director of Department of Operations and Emergencies, IOM
Mr Labovitz joined Regional Office Nairobi from IOM Thailand, where he served as the Chief of Mission since 2011.Mr. Labovitz has also served as Regional Representative for Central and South Central Europe, Chief of Mission for Ukraine and Sub-regional Coordinator for the Western Newly Independent States, Senior Emergency Response Officer in IOM Geneva, Head of Electoral Programme in IOM Geneva, Regional Syria Crisis Coordinator, Coordinator for the Southern Sudan Referendum on Independence and as the Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.
Executive Director Immigration Policy Lab, Stanford
Duncan Lawrence is the Executive Director of the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder.
He is a two-time Fulbright recipient, first serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Argentina in 2005 and then more recently as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile in 2013 investigating how connections to emigrants impact perceptions of immigration. His research has appeared in journals such as Science, Science Advances and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Prior to arriving at Stanford, Duncan cofounded a Colorado-based research and data analysis firm that provided services to nonprofits, foundations and government agencies.
Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Tyler currently serves as HOT’s Executive Director. He joined HOT in April 2015 after 12 years leading diverse, people-focused, technology and data-enabled projects across the public, private, nonprofit, and international humanitarian sectors for organizations such as the American Red Cross, Save the Children, the United Nations Secretariat, and for Fortune 500 firms as a private sector consultant with Deloitte Consulting. In his role at HOT, Tyler oversees a team of 100 staff deployed globally and works to engage and coordinate the efforts of thousands of HOT disaster mapping volunteers for projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining HOT, Tyler led the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy (New York) community disaster recovery strategy development and implementation and directed a team of community recovery specialists engaging affected residents and community organizations on the ground. Before joining the Red Cross, Tyler worked in a number of post-disaster and community development contexts in the U.S. and internationally. He taught in Metropolitan College of New York’s Emergency Management Program, and developed training curriculum in religious and cultural competency in disaster for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Tyler holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Computer Science from Boston College Wallace E. Carroll School of Management.
Head of Global Data Service,UNHCR
Mr Schimmel heads UNHCR’s Global Data Service or GDS. The Global Data Service oversees and supports registration of refugees worldwide (including work on biometrics and digital identity). It also leads UNHCR statistics, demographics and data analytics efforts as well as information management and data visualization. Cross-functional work includes data protection, master data management and data literacy.
Dr. Celine Bauloz,
Senior Research Officer, IOM
r Céline Bauloz is Senior Research Officer at the International Organization for Migration, Editor of IOM’s Migration Research Series and Senior Fellow at the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Céline previously worked as Managing Editor of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (Oxford University Press) and (visiting) lecturer and researcher in diverse academic institutions, including the University of Bocconi, the University of London, the Graduate Institute, the University of Fribourg and Harvard Law School. She also regularly worked as an expert for international and non-governmental organizations, such as the European Asylum Support Office (European Union).