E.g., 01/27/2021
E.g., 01/27/2021

MPI Europe Staff

MPI Europe Staff


Hanne Beirens

Director, MPI Europe
[email protected] | +32 2235 2272
@HanneBeirens

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

Director of Research, MPI Europe and MPI International Program
[email protected] | 202-266-1925
@meghan_benton

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

Policy Analyst, MPI Europe and MPI
[email protected] | +32 2 235 2269
@CamilleLeCoz

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

Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
[email protected]
@LiamPatuzzi

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.


Katarzyna Czyż

Operations Manager, MPI Europe
[email protected] | +32 (2) 235 2227

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.


Timo Schmidt

Research Assistant, MPI Europe
[email protected] | +32 (0) 2235 2114
@TimoASchmidt

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.


Lucía Salgado

Research Assistant, MPI Europe
[email protected]

Lucía Salgado is a Research Assistant at MPI Europe, where she focuses on European policies related to migrant integration and return.

Prior to joining MPI Europe, Ms. Salgado worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), first at the UNHCR Representation to EU Affairs in Brussels and later at its Liaison Office to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Malta. Previously, she worked as a Blue Book Trainee at the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs within the European Commission, where she focused on return and irregular migration policies. She has also worked at the Consulate General of Spain in Melbourne and interned with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she assisted with asylum-related matters.

Ms. Salgado holds a master's degree in international relations, with distinction, from King's College London, where she specialized in EU migration policy. She also holds bachelor's degrees in sociology and political science from University Carlos III of Madrid.


Maria Belen Zanzuchi

Research Assistant, MPI Europe
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Maria Belen Zanzuchi is a Research Assistant at MPI Europe, where she focuses on refugee policies, including complementary pathways to resettlement and durable solutions for refugee settlement and integration.

Previously, she worked with the Humanitarian Corridors Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, which examines humanitarian corridors in Italy and assesses whether these programs could serve as a model for migrant integration elsewhere in Europe. Ms. Zanzuchi also worked as an Economic Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce of Argentina, focusing on issues related to anti-trust policies, trade agreements and sectorial policies, and coordinating with private and public stakeholders. 

Ms. Zanzuchi has a master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of Notre Dame, with a focus on refugee and migrant studies, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires.