MPI Europe Staff
MPI Europe Staff
Hanne Beirens is Director of Migration Policy Institute Europe. She specializes in European Union policies related to asylum and migration, human trafficking, labor migration, 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 in sociology and ethnic relations on the participation of minors in armed conflict, both from the University of Warwick (UK).
Meghan Benton is Director of Research for MPI Europe as well as MPI's International Program. Her areas of expertise are immigrant integration (especially labor-market integration and integration at the local level) and the role of technological and social innovation in immigration and integration policy. She also has an interest in labor migration and mobility; she has written extensively on Brexit and free movement, as well as on how labor market disruption affects immigration and integration. She convenes MPI Europe’s Integration Futures Working Group, which seeks to develop a forward-looking agenda for integration policy in Europe.
Dr. Benton previously was a Senior Researcher at Nesta, the United Kingdom’s innovation body, where she led projects on digital government and the future of local public services. Prior to joining Nesta, she was a Policy Analyst at MPI from 2012-15, where she co-led an MPI-International Labor Organization six-country project on pathways to skilled work for newly arrived immigrants in Europe. She also worked on Project UPSTREAM, a four-country project on mainstreaming immigrant integration in the European Union. Previously, she worked for the Constitution Unit at University College London and the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Dr. Benton received her PhD in political science from University College London in 2010, where her PhD research focused on citizenship and the rights of noncitizens. She also holds a master’s degree in legal and political theory (with distinction) from University College London, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature from Warwick University.
Camille Le Coz
Camille Le Coz is a Policy Analyst at MPI Europe and MPI, 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.
Liam Patuzzi is a Policy Analyst at MPI Europe, where he focuses on the labor-market integration of immigrants, recognition of foreign credentials, refugee integration, and labor-migration management.
He previously was a Project Officer and Analyst at ebb—Entwicklungsgesellschaft für berufliche Bildung (Agency for the Development of Professional Education) in Berlin, a consultancy in the area of integration, labor-market, and education policy. During an earlier stint at ebb in Cologne, Germany, Mr. Patuzzi was a Project Manager supporting the national coordination of Network IQ, a large governmental program aimed at advancing the validation of migrants’ professional qualifications and improving their participation in the German labor market.
Mr. Patuzzi holds a joint master's degree in social sciences, with a focus on globalization and migration, from the University of Freiburg, Germany and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He completed his bachelor's degree in philosophy at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy.
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Katarzyna Czyż is Operations 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.
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.
Lena Kainz is an Associate Policy Analyst with MPI Europe, where she focuses on legal pathways to protection, global mobility governance, and unaccompanied minors.
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 Research Assistant at Humboldt University Berlin.
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.
Timo Schmidt is a Research Assistant with MPI Europe, where he focuses on European policies related to asylum, labor migration, returns, and refugee resettlement.
He also works as a Director and Coproducer of a transmedia project on migration in Europe. Prior to joining MPI Europe, Mr. Schmidt was a Research Associate, in Jerusalem, with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People. Previously, he served as a mentor for refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as a student consultant on refugee labor market integration at Leiden University.
Mr. Schmidt holds a master’s of science in migration studies, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, where he specialized in EU migration policy and the economics of migration. He received an honors bachelor’s degree in international studies, cum laude, from Leiden University, where he focused on Middle Eastern studies. He also spent a semester at the Netherlands Institute Morocco in Rabat, completing research on migrant integration and intensive Arabic language courses.