Advisory Board

Dr. Steffen Angenendt

Dr. Steffen Angenendt is researcher at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and Head of SWP’s Global Issues Research Division. Among his key areas of expertise are (forced) migration and development. He worked as consultant i.a. with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), UNHCR, UNICEF, ICRC, IOM, EU Commission, World Bank, Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD), German Marshall Fund, Robert Bosch Foundation and Bertelsmann Foundation.

Dr. Roland Bank

Roland Bank, Head of Protection for UNHCR in Germany, has numerous publications in international refugee law and human rights law. Roland Bank worked on various academic positions and taught international refugee law and human rights law in various institutions (Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford; Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public and Public International Law, Heidelberg; European University Institute, Florence). Before taking up the position at UNHCR, he worked as the principal legal adviser of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future, which implemented a world-wide programme of payments for former victims of Nazi injustice.

Dr. Thomas Held

Dr Thomas Held, MBA, is Managing Director of the German Foundation for Peace Research based in Osnabrueck. The Foundation funds research projects in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, including Refugee Studies, and promotes knowledge transfer into politics and society.

Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

Dr. Christiane Fröhlich, Research Fellow for forced migration at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, is currently working on understandings of migration/mobility as ‘critical’ in different socio-political contexts and in the interactions between people on the move and actors trying to control such movement. Her regional focus is mainly on the Middle East, but she is also engaged in cross-regional comparative projects, e.g. as a work package leader in the EU-funded consortium Migration Governance and Asylum Crises (MAGYC).

Andrea Kothen


Dr. Katerina Kratzmann

Dr. Katerina Kratzmann leads the policy advice project on forced displacement for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh. She served as the Country Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Austria, and built her expertise in the field of migration, displacement and integration on a solid academic background. She was as a member of the UN Task Force on Measuring Circular Migration and also a member of the Expert Council on Integration in Austria.

Dr. Axel Kreienbrink

Dr. Axel Kreienbrink is the Sub-Director of the Migration, Integration and Asylum Research Centre of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. He studied history, political science and business administration. His thematic focus is on forced migration, regular and irregular migration, return and emigration from Germany, the potential of migration as well as migration and development.

Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries

Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries, Chair Sociology of the Department of Social Science at Ruhr-University Bochum. He spent research and teaching periods in Brazil, Mexico, Spain and the USA. His work and research interests include (international comparative) Sociology of Work and Organization, of Migration and Transnationalization.

Prof. Sieglinde Rosenberger

Professor Sieglinde Rosenberger is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Her studies comprise areas as asylum politics, immigrant integration politics, and political participation with a focus on protest in the field of migration and asylum. She carried out comparative research projects on the social welfare issue and the "Deportation Gap" as well as to developments, actors, and issues of integration politics in Austria. Very recentliy, she is working on refugees and gender-based violence. Rosenberger is a member of the Expert Council on Integration and Migration in Berlin.

Stefanie Scharf

Stefanie Scharf heads the division for policy issues of displacement and migration at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2007 she worked at various positions within the Ministry, recently as deputy head of the Middle East division.

Her positions abroad include Lebanon and Yemen. As head of development cooperation at the German embassies in Beirut and Sanaa she gained extensive experience with fragility, conflict and protractred refugee situations. In addition she worked at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York.

Prof. Dr. Louis Henri Seukwa

Professor Dr. Louis Henri Seukwa, is director of the Center for Migration Research and Integration Practices (CMRIP) at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW) He is Responsible in the Executive Board of HAW Hamburg for migration-related university development and co-speaker of the Cooperative doctorate Research program "Neglected topics of refugee research". As Professor of Educational Sciences his research focus on: Impact of migration on education systems and pedagogical practices, resilience and education research under conditions of flight and asylum.

Dr. Dagmar Soennecken

Dr. Dagmar Soennecken is a professor at York University (Toronto, Canada). Her research focuses on comparative politics and public policy in the EU and North America. She is particularly interested in questions concerning law and the courts as well refugees, citizenship and migration. She has been a member of the executive committee of the university’s Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) since 2016. In 2019, she became the editor-in-chief of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, one of the oldest peer-reviewed, academic journals on forced migration.

Prof. Dr. Annette Treibel

Prof. Dr. Annette is professor for sociology at the University of Education Karlsruhe and head of the master's degree 'Intercultural Education, Migration and Multilingualism' since 2018. She is working on Migration, gender, civilization-theory and public sociology.

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