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Senior Advisor to MPI’s Transatlantic Council on Migration
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Elizabeth Collett is the Founding Director of Migration Policy Institute Europe and Senior Advisor to MPI's Transatlantic Council on Migration. She is based in Brussels, and her work focuses in particular on European migration and immigrant integration policy. Ms. Collett convenes MPI Europe’s working group on the future of the Common European Asylum System (EU Asylum: Towards 2020), bringing together senior policymakers from more than a dozen European countries to discuss future asylum policy reform.
Ms. Collett has produced dozens of working papers, policy briefs, and memos focused on the future of EU immigration and asylum policy, as well as national-level policy developments. She is regularly cited in prominent print and broadcast outlets, doing interviews on all aspects of European migration policy and its broader policy ramifications.
Prior to joining MPI, Ms. Collett was a Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre, a Brussels-based think tank, and was responsible for its migration program, which covered all aspects of European migration and integration 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. She also served as a Research Associate at the Centre for Migration Policy and Society, Oxford University (2011-13), and consulted for numerous governmental ministries and nongovernmental organizations, including foundations, nonprofits, and UN agencies.
She is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). She is also a member of the Dahrendorf Committee, which advises the Dahrendorf Forum, a joint initiative between the Hertie School of Governance and the London School of Economics and Political Science that encourages constructive reflection on the mid- to long-term strategic challenges facing Europe.
Ms. Collett holds a master's degree in foreign service (with distinction) from Georgetown University, where she specialized in foreign policy and earned a certificate in refugee and humanitarian studies, and a bachelor's degree in law from Oxford University.
Acting Director, MPI Europe
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Hanne Beirens is Associate Director of the Migration Policy Institute Europe, and serves as its Acting Director during the absence of Elizabeth Collett. She specializes in European Union policies related to asylum and migration, human trafficking, and youth.
Prior to joining MPI, Dr. Beirens worked as a Lead Managing Consultant for ICF Consulting, where she focused on impact assessments, feasibility studies, and evaluations for the European Commission, with a particular focus on EU asylum and migration policy, as well as developing products within the European Migration Network (EMN), including pan-European studies and the EMN annual report. Topics covered include reception facilities for asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and non-EU harmonized protection statuses.
Earlier, Dr. Beirens worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Applied Social Studies of the University of Birmingham, evaluating services, organizations, and community-based initiatives pursuing the integration of asylum seekers, refugees, and third-country nationals. She also has worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and as an independent consultant for the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO).
She holds a master's degree in race and ethnic relations (with distinction) and a PhD degree in sociology and ethnic relations on the participation of minors in armed conflict, both from the University of Warwick (UK).
Communications Manager, MPI Europe
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Joe Boyle is Communications Manager at MPI Europe, where he implements the Brussels-based institute's communications strategies, overseeing media and public outreach and managing its social media channel.
He joined MPI Europe after spending three years as a communications consultant in Vienna, where he worked on projects for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and several international NGOs. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years as a broadcast journalist and news editor for the BBC in London.
Mr. Boyle holds an MA in international law from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, where he focused on the use of force and the laws of war. His paper, Making Sense of Self-Defence in the War on Terror, was published in the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law in 2014.
Camille Le Coz
Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
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Camille Le Coz is a Policy Analyst at MPI Europe, where she primarily works on EU migration issues. Her research areas include EU policies on asylum, resettlement, legal migration, and integration.
Ms. Le Coz came to MPI Europe from Altai Consulting, a research and consulting organization, where she was a Project Director responsible for the migration practice. She was based in Kenya and Afghanistan, where she managed various research projects for institutions such as the European Union, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the International Organization for Migration. At Altai, she researched trafficking and smuggling, protection issues along migratory routes, as well as return and reintegration projects. She has conducted fieldwork in countries including Senegal, The Gambia, Niger, Libya, Morocco, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, and Afghanistan.
Ms. Le Coz holds a dual master’s degree in international relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Sciences Po Paris.
Administrative and Events Manager, MPI Europe
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Katarzyna Czyż is Administrative and Events Manager at MPI Europe, where she focuses on grants management and event organization, as well as administrative support for the Brussels-based organization.
Prior to joining MPI Europe, Ms. Czyż managed international projects for various organizations in areas such as education, development cooperation, and cross-border succession. Her experience included working for Brussels-based associations, where she was mainly responsible for managing EU grants and providing general administrative support. Before moving to Belgium, Ms. Czyż was International Program Manager at a Polish development organization. For several years, she also worked for the UNESCO Initiatives Center, where she was responsible for the development and coordination of educational projects.
Ms. Czyż has a joint master’s degree in intercultural mediations from the universities of Lille 3 and KU Leuven, as well as a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications from the University of Wroclaw.
Associate Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
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Aliyyah Ahad is an Associate Policy Analyst with MPI Europe, where her research focuses on European migration and integration policy, with a special focus on the European Union’s partnerships with third countries, free movement and Brexit, and social innovation in refugee reception and integration.
Previously, Ms. Ahad completed a 12-month internship with the Bermuda Government’s Cabinet Office. She also managed a research project for WPP Government and Public Sector Practice on how to improve communications between refugees and the public and humanitarian sectors. She also interned with MPI, and spent three months in Rabat, Morocco volunteering with a center that provided medical and social care to unauthorized migrant women who were pregnant.
Ms. Ahad holds a master of science in migration studies and master of public policy, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also holds an honors bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from the University of Toronto, with high distinction. Ms. Ahad also spent a year studying at Sciences Po Paris, where she received an exchange program certificate, cum laude.
Research Assistant, MPI Europe
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Alexandra Embiricos is a Research Assistant with MPI Europe, where she focuses on European asylum policies, social innovation for refugee inclusion into host communities, and economic integration of refugees.
Prior to joining MPI Europe, Ms. Embiricos worked a consultant with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and in outreach for a social enterprise connecting civil-society organizations for refugee inclusion in Berlin. She also interned with International Crisis Group in Senegal, where she conducted research on West African irregular migration to the European Union, and volunteered with NGOs (including Asylum Aid in London).
She has authored several articles on refugee issues in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Ms. Embiricos holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, with a focus on European studies, with distinction, and an MA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow in English literature.
Research Assistant, MPI Europe
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Lena Kainz is a Research Assistant with MPI Europe, where she focuses on unaccompanied minors, refugee resettlement, and global mobility governance.
Prior to joining MPI Europe, Ms. Kainz completed internships in Amman with the UN Development Program’s Sub Regional Response Facility to the Syrian Crisis, in Rabat with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and with the German Bundestag. She also worked as a mentor for unaccompanied minors in Malmö and as a student employee at Humboldt University Berlin.
Ms. Kainz has authored works on a range of refugee and migration-related topics, and has been published in outlets including Open Democracy, NORDEUROPAforum, Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series, and Border Criminologies.
Ms. Kainz holds a master’s degree in refugee and forced migration studies, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, where she specialized in protection gaps and global refugee and migration governance. She received a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian studies and political science, magna cum laude, from Humboldt University Berlin. She also spent a year studying at the University of Malmö as well as the University of Gothenburg, and completed intensive language courses in Arabic and Persian.