Council on Migration is comprised of Council members and Council management
and staff, with select guests from the policymaking, academic, business,
and media worlds invited to participate in Council meetings. Council
members and their guests combine exceptional political and public influence
with profound interest and experience in issues related to migration.
members are among Europe and North America’s most experienced
policymakers and thought leaders. Council management and staff are responsible
for all of the Council’s work and activities.
Council members |
Council management | Council/Policy Partner Staff
Peter Altmaier is the Federal Environment Minister of Germany. From October 2009 until his appointment as minister in May 2012, he was First Parliamentary Secretary of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CDU/CSU) parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. He has been a member of the Bundestag since 1994, and has held a number of leadership positions in the Bundestag and within the CDU.
Mr. Altmaier studied law at the University of the Saarland in Saarbrücken. After serving in the armed forces and completing his studies, began his career as a research assistant for public and international law at Saarland University in 1995 and later at the European Institute of Saarland University. He came to German politics from Brussels, where he worked for the European Commission as a civil servant on migrant issues until 1994 when he joined the Bundestag.
Giuliano Amato was Italy’s Minister of the Interior in Romano Prodi's government from 2006 through spring 2008, and served twice as Prime Minister, first from 1992 to 1993 and then from 2000 to 2001. Minister Amato was more recently Vice President of the Convention on the Future of Europe, with former Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, that drafted the European Constitution and headed the Amato group.
Minister Amato was a Member of
the Senate representing the constituency of Grosseto in Tuscany from
2001 to 2006, and served as a member of Parliament from 1983 to 1993.
He was Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister’s office from 1983 to 1987, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister from 1987 to 1988, and again Finance Minister from 1988 to 1989, a position he briefly returned to in 1999. He also was a university professor in Constitutional matters, and was Chairman of the Antitrust Authority from 1994 to 1997.
Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, is senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
As Homeland Security Secretary, he led a 218,000-person department with a budget of $50 billion. Mr. Chertoff developed and implemented border security and immigration policy; promulgated homeland security regulations; and spearheaded a national cyber security strategy. He also served periodically on the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, and on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Prior to his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr. Chertoff served from 2003-05 on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before becoming a federal judge, Mr. Chertoff was the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice, where he oversaw the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also served more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including service as US Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
The Rt Hon Charles Clarke
The Rt Hon Charles Clarke, a former member of the British Parliament (1997-2010), is a visiting Professor in Politics at the University of East Anglia and in Politics and Faith at the University of Lancaster. Mr. Clarke served as Home Secretary from 2004-2006 and prior to that appointment was Secretary of State for Education and Skills (2002-2004). He is a member of the European Council for Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
Ana Palacio is Founding Partner of Palacio y Asociados, a Madrid-based consulting and law firm. A former Foreign Minister of Spain, Ms. Palacio is a former Member of the Spanish Parliament and also served as a Member of the European Parliament (1994-2002), where she chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market Committee and the Justice and Home Affairs Committee; she was elected by her peers to chair the Parliament’s Conference of Committee Chairmen, the senior body for coordinating legislative work. Previously, she also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank and as Senior Vice President for International Affairs and Marketing for AREVA, an international nuclear and renewable energy company. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Since 2006, Trevor Phillips has been Chairman of the United Kingdom’s Equality and Human Rights Commission. A journalist, broadcaster, and television industry executive, Mr. Phillips was elected as a member of the Greater London Authority in 2000, and quickly became Chair of the Assembly. He is also co-founder of the Equate Organization, a social change consultancy, and is Director of Pepper Productions. He is a Vice President of the Royal Television Society and is a published author.
Dr. Rita Süssmuth is former President of the German Federal Parliament and former German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Women, Youth, and Health. In 2006, Dr. Süssmuth became Chair of the European Union’s High-Level Group on Social Integration of Ethnic Minorities and their Full Participation in the Labor Market and also joined the Advisory Board of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s project “Gaining from Migration.” She was member of the Global Commission on International Migration, and is President of the OTA-University in Berlin. Dr. Süssmuth was Chair of the Independent Council of Experts on Migration and Integration, appointed by the German government from May 2003 until December 2004. From 2000-2001, Dr. Süssmuth presided over the Independent Commission on Migration to Germany which resulted in the July 2001 report on Steering Migration and Fostering Integration.
Antonio Vitorino is the former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs (1999-2004), and a partner of Gonçalves Pereira, Castelo Branco & Associados. He served as Portugal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense from 1995-1997 and prior to that, he was a Member of the European Parliament (1994-1995). He has also been a judge on the Portuguese Constitutional Court (1989-1994), Vice President of Portugal Telecom Internacional (1998-1999), and Secretary of State of the Government of Macau (1986-1987). Minister Vitorino has been an assistant professor at the University of Lisbon Law School since 1982, and has also taught as a professor at the Universidade Autónoma Luís de Camões and Universidade Internacional of Lisbon.
Thor Arne Aass
Thor Arne Aass has been Director General of the Department of Migration in the
Norwegian Ministry of Labor and Inclusion since 1996. Mr. Aass advises Norwegian
State Secretaries and Parliamentarians on all migration matters, immigration
and refugee issues, as well as integration issues. From 1988 through 1990,
Mr. Aass was Senior Executive Officer in the Department of Migration. Before
entering the Ministry, Mr. Aass worked as Executive and Senior Executive Officer
for the Directorate of Telecommunication. From 2005 through 2006, he served
as Chair for the Working Group on Resettlement, consisting of UNHCR and the
governments offering resettlement on a regular basis. From 2004 through 2005,
Mr. Aass was Chairman of the Inter-Governmental Consultations on Asylum, Refugee
and Migration Policies (IGC) Working Group on Return. From 2003 through 2004,
Mr. Aass served as IGC Chair.
Barbro Birgitta Appelqvist Bakken
Barbro A. Bakken is Director General, Department of Integration and
Diversity of Norway’s Ministry of Labor and Inclusion. Prior
to that, she served as Assistant Director General, Deputy Director
General, and Director General in the Department of Immigration,
Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development. From 1985
to 1992, she worked in the central administration in the Municipality
of Oslo. Before that she worked as General Manager and Departmental
Manager at the Immigrant Office for Oslo. She also worked in the
social security and rehabilitation departments in the Trosterud
practice center in Oslo.
Annette Heuser is Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation,
USA in Washington, DC, Bertelsmann’s newly opened first office
in the United States. Prior to this she was Executive Director of
the Bertelsmann Foundation in Brussels, which she built up in 2000.
Ms. Heuser was Director Europe/USA at the Bertelsmann Foundation
in Guetersloh from 1995-2000. In this function she was responsible
for the management of the European and transatlantic projects and
the development of the European networking activities. Before she
joined the Bertelsmann Foundation, she was the editor of the Jahrbuch
der Europaischen Integration, an annual publication which deals
with institutional and political developments within the process
of European integration. From 1992 to 1995, she was staff member
at the Research Group on European Affairs at the University of Mainz,
which is now located at the University of Munich.
Gregory A. Maniatis
Gregory A. Maniatis oversees the European programs for the Migration
Policy Institute. He is also advisor to Peter Sutherland, the
United Nations Special Representative for Migration. Mr. Maniatis
consults to the European Commission, Member State governments, the
European Parliament, and international organizations on all aspects
of immigration and integration policy. In 2007, he led MPI’s
advisory work for the EU Presidencies of Germany and Portugal; in
previous years, he had overseen MPI’s work with the EU Presidencies
of Greece and the Netherlands. Prior to his positions at MPI and
the UN, Mr. Maniatis was founder and publisher of Odyssey magazine,
an English-language bimonthly that is the leading international
magazine about Greece and Greeks around the world.
Geri Mannion is Director of Carnegie Corporation's US Democracy Program
and Special Opportunities Fund. She has chaired the US Democracy
Program since 1998, after staffing the Corporation's program of
Special Projects for almost 10 years. In addition to supporting
projects that focus on improving broad civic engagement, the program
focuses on immigrant civic integration, youth civic education, and
election administration. As Director of the Corporation's
Special Opportunities Fund, Ms. Mannion oversees the Corporation’s
response to proposals that are important but not related to the
foundation's primary foci. Ms. Mannion has spent more than 30 years
in the field of philanthropy, working at both the Rockefeller and
Ford Foundations before joining Carnegie. At the Rockefeller Foundation,
where she spent 13 years in a variety of positions, she became a
program associate in the international relations program. At the
Ford Foundation, Ms. Mannion consulted with its international affairs
program, assisting with both grant evaluation and grantmaking in
its focus on arms control and security issues.
Demetrios G. Papademetriou
Demetrios G. Papademetriou is President and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based think tank dedicated exclusively to the study of international migration. He is also President of Migration Policy Institute Europe, a nonprofit, independent research institute in Brussels that aims to promote a better understanding of migration trends and effects within Europe; and serves on MPI Europe’s Administrative Council. He is also the convener of the Transatlantic Council on Migration and its predecessor, the Transatlantic Task Force on Immigration and Integration (co-convened with the Bertelsmann Stiftung). Dr. Papademetriou is also Co-Founder and International Chair Emeritus of Metropolis: An International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities. He has served as Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Migration (2009-2011); Chair of the Migration Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Director for Immigration Policy and Research at the US Department of Labor and Chair of the Secretary of Labor's Immigration Policy Task Force; and Executive Editor of the International Migration Review.
Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan is Assistant Director of the Transatlantic Council on Migration. Prior to joining MPI, she was a Program Administrator at the Brookings Institution's Center for Executive Education, where she developed public policy seminars for senior government officials and coordinated the center's website and communications strategy.
Elizabeth Collett is Director of Migration Policy Institute Europe, headquartered in Brussels, and is also Senior Advisor to MPI's Transatlantic Council on Migration. Based in Brussels, Ms. Collett focuses on European migration and immigrant integration policy. Prior to joining MPI, Ms. Collett was a Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre, an independent Brussels-based think tank, and was responsible for its migration program, which covered all aspects of European migration and integration policy. During her time at EPC she produced numerous working papers and policy briefs focused on the future of European Union immigration policy. She has also worked in the Migration Research and Policy Department of the International Organization for Migration in Geneva and for the Institute for the Study of International Migration in Washington, DC.
Lisa Dixon is Senior Events Manager for the Migration
Policy Institute. Prior to this, Ms. Dixon was Director of Programs
at Texas A&M's Jordan Institute for International Awareness,
where she coordinated events promoting international awareness on
the Texas A&M campus. Before that, she taught high school in
a border community of southern Texas through Teach for America.
Michelle Mittelstadt is Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Migration
Policy Institute, and is responsible for developing and implementing
MPI’s strategic communications, managing the Web site and
publications, and coordinating the Institute’s media outreach
and events. A veteran journalist, she joined MPI in 2008 after covering
immigration policy, Congress, and border-related issues since the
early 1990s in the Washington bureaus of The Associated Press, The Dallas
Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle. She has written
hundreds of articles examining US immigration policy, border and
interior enforcement, and the post-9/11 legislative and executive
branch changes that have altered the immigration landscape. She
also covered the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Prior
to coming to Washington, Ms. Mittelstadt was an editor with The
Associated Press in Dallas and Managing Editor of The Courier
Herald in Dublin, Ga.
Christal Morehouse is Program Manager for the Bertelsmann Foundation
in the field of migration and integration. She is responsible for
managing the Foundation’s integration programs at the European
and Transatlantic level. From January to December 2006 she was the
Head of Office for Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, the former President
of the German Bundestag. Between January and December 2005 she conducted
research for the Global Commission on International Migration as
a member of the staff of the German member of the Commission. From
June 2003 until December 2004, she was part of the research team
of the German Independent Council of Experts on Migration and Integration
in Berlin. Ms. Morehouse has advised various European and American
multinational institutions on policy matters. She was among the
experts whose advice on integration issues was sought by the German
EU Presidency in 2007. In 2004 she was a consultant to the Organization
of American States for anti-trafficking research in Europe.
Will Somerville is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy
Institute. Prior to joining MPI, Will Somerville worked as a Senior
Policy Officer at the Commission for Racial Equality, where he led
on asylum and immigration policy; as a Policy and Research Manager
at the Center for Economic and Social Inclusion; as a Policy Analyst
at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office; and
as a researcher for the Institute for Public Policy Research.