Thursday, 8 June
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Welcome

Lance Croffoot-Suede, LINKLATERS LLP

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Opening Keynote: Setting the Scene: Migration Crises and the Breakdown of the Global Order – What Are the New Models of Governance?

Ambassador Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION

Current models of global governance are failing, perhaps no more poignantly than in the context of recent refugee and migration crises. The causes and consequences of such failings – ranging from xenophobia, poverty, corruption, lack of livelihoods, poor education – have dramatically exacerbated the challenges facing the world’s people on the move. The Sustainable Development Goals present an architecture for making progress with many of the development challenges which drive so much migration. However, it is clear that the current models for governing migration are inadequate. What are the new models that offer a way forward? This Opening Keynote will set the scene for the discussions to come by examining the major challenges confronting the current system of governance, the causes and consequences of its shortcomings, and how the international community can work to develop a new approach.

11:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Plenary: Risks and Challenges in Specific Migration Contexts: What Will a New Governance Model Need to Address, and How? What Will It Look Like?

Session moderated by Penny Lawrence, Deputy Chief Executive, OXFAM GB. Speakers: Idil Atak, Associate Professor, RYERSON UNIVERSITY; Karen Jacobsen, Henry J. Leir Professor of Global Migration, THE FLETCHER SCHOOL OF LAW AND DIPLOMACY; Surin Pitsuwan, Board Member, CENTRE FOR HUMANITARIAN DIALOGUE; Amaf Yousef, Refugee Support Coordinator, RETHINK REBUILD SOCIETY

This plenary session will explore the spectrum of political, security, economic, development, humanitarian, and other risks and challenges that a new model of governance will need to address, and how, and by whom. The plenary will consider governance at different levels – international, national, and local – along with its challenges and shortcomings, in operation in different contexts — including the migration and refugee crises in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa – with a view to identifying solutions that can be developed into a new model of governance. It will seek to proffer a new model for governance for the seminar community to consider.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m Lunch in the Marquee
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Breakout: Spotlight on the Financial Sector: Bank De-risking and On-the-Ground Operations — Is There a Governance Solution?

Session moderated by Philomena Cleobury, Legal Officer, UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES. Speakers: Lance Bartholomeusz, Head of Legal Affairs, UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES; Roland Pearce, Relationship Director – Charities & Global Development Organisations, BARCLAYS BANK; Hugo Stolkin, Partner, LINKLATERS LLP

Given the prevalence of cash-based assistance models in humanitarian contexts, and the consequent increased importance of banks to humanitarian intervention, the challenges faced by banks operating in high-risk contexts must be taken seriously by the humanitarian sector. At the same time, the financial sector must be live to the significant impact their de-risking efforts have on on-the-ground operations. This breakout will provide a focused look at these challenges from the perspective of both groups of actors, and seek to identify solutions workable for all involved.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Breakout: Brookings Paper: Social Protection in a Time of Globalization

Session moderated by Raj Desai, Associate Professor, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, and Visiting Fellow, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION and Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Global Economy and Development, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION. Speakers: Rebecca Holmes, Senior Research Fellow, OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE; Judith Randel, Co-Founder, DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

Developing and strengthening social protection at the country level will be required to achieve several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly 1 (poverty), 2 (hunger), 3 (health), 4 (education), 5 (gender), and 10 (equality). This keynote session, presenting findings from the 2017 Seminar paper from Brookings, will examine how the political and economic pressures stemming from globalization, and the role and nature of the middle class can shape the trajectory of social protection at the country level. The traditional model, followed by today’s high-income countries, attributes the durability of welfare programs and institutions to the rise of an industrial middle class, which participated in contributory programs financed by wage taxes, and which formed a political alliance with working classes. In today’s developing economies, where “premature deindustrialization,” informality, and small service sector entrepreneurs are the norm for workers, a very different pattern will be needed to expand the scope and coverage of their own social protection systems.

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Coffee in the Marquee
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Plenary: Translating Global Agreements Into Impact for Displaced People

Session moderated by Alexander Matheou, Executive Director – International, BRITISH RED CROSS. Speakers: Elizabeth Ferris, Research Professor, Institute for the Study of International Migration, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY; Deepa Nambiar, Director of Asylum Access Malaysia, ASYLUM ACCESS; Ellen Hansen, Senior Policy Adviser, UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES

This plenary will examine recent major global initiatives seeking to address the challenges at the heart of this year’s seminar – these initiatives include the Summit for Refugees and Migrants that took place during the 2016 General Assembly and the World Humanitarian Summit that included a High Level Leaders’ Roundtable on Forced Displacement. With increasing strain on the humanitarian system, including forced displacement being at its highest level since the Second World War, the urgency to turn these global agreements into real action on the ground could not be more crucial. As the humanitarian system faces difficulties in responding to, and addressing, multiple global challenges, this session will explore how agreements made at the international level can be realistically translated into impact for those in need.

7:00 p.m. Drinks and Dinner at the Bodleian Library
7:00 p.m., Drinks
7:45 p.m., Dinner

Friday, 9 June
9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. Plenary: Innovation and Migration: Biometrics, Cognitive Computing, Social Networks

Session moderated by Hannah Darnton, Analyst, SKOLL FOUNDATION. Speakers: Ahmad Edilbi, CEO and Founder, DUBARAH; Sayre Nyce, Executive Director, TALENT BEYOND BOUNDARIES; Marko Oroz, Managing Director of ROW Labs, REFUGEE OPEN WARE; Karina Sarmiento, Director of Asylum Access Latin America, ASYLUM ACCESS; Daudi Were, Executive Director, USHAHIDI

This session will provide a focused look at innovative solutions being generated in recent years in response to political, security, economic, humanitarian, and other risks arising in refugee and migrant crisis contexts. These will include opportunities created by innovation that could help governments, development actors, and the humanitarian sector manage mass migration – e.g. rethinking formal government migration programs to target refugees as an alternative to reliance on international protection frameworks, small NGOs and individuals responding to migration crises with WhatsApp, and migrants being heavily connected while on the move (accessing Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, etc.).

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Master Class: Oxford Department of International Development: Success and Failure in Fighting Terror, Drugs and Migration


A seminar exploring the extent to which the three parallel security paradigms for combating terrorism, drugs and unwanted migration have failed on their own terms, as well as the extent to which they have also proven rather ‘successful’ for the many actors that stand to benefit from them. Examining the costs and benefits of these three systems of intervention, the session will explore how ‘wrong’ incentives and vested interests may ensure the continuation of counterproductive approaches – findings with potentially wider implications for other fields such as climate change, high finance and crime.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pamela D. Hartigan Master Class: Spotlight on Enterprise in Refugee and Migrant Crises Contexts

Session moderated by Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. Speakers: Edin Basic, Founder, FIREZZA PIZZA LTD; Ana María Alvarez Monge, CEO, Chairwoman and Co-Founder, MIGRATION HUB NETWORK gGmbH

A focused look at entrepreneurialism and social enterprise in the context of refugee and migrant crises in a Q&A with migrant entrepreneurs about their innovations in contexts of displacement. What lessons can be learned so that a new model of governance will be both sustainable and capable of fostering the enterprise and innovation we need?

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking and light lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Closing Plenary: From Ideas to Transformation: Achieving the Change We Need

Session moderated by Jemilah Mahmood, Under-Secretary-General for Partnerships, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES. Speakers: Lilianne Fan, International Director, GEUTANYOE FOUNDATION; Myn Garcia, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION; Michele Klein-Solomon, DG Senior Policy Advisor, INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION; Doug Tween, Partner, LINKLATERS LLP

The closing plenary will consider ways in which the seminar community can galvanize change, particularly with respect to new models of governance that are capable of addressing the challenges we face in the current environment, characterized by fatigue around efforts at reform; macro trends that run counter to global governance; and lack of political will to seriously take on the challenges faced. The goal will be to identify a plan for further developing the new model, and a strategy for getting the new model taken up and ultimately implemented by policy makers, with a view to achieving the change we need.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Summation and Close
3:00 p.m. Drinks in the Marquee