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António Vitorino
IOM Director General

On 29 June 2018, António Vitorino was elected as the tenth Director General of the International Organization for Migration by its Member States, taking office on 1 October 2018. António Vitorino has over 27 years of international and national political and academic experience, which brought him consistently in touch with the migration context. He served as European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs, from 1999 to 2004. Prior to joining the European Commission, António Vitorino served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense of Portugal, from 1995 to 1997.

His solid political background includes tenures as Portugal’s State Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs (from 1983 to 1985), member of the Government of Macau in charge of Administration and Justice (from 1986 to 1987), member of the Portuguese Parliament (from 1980 to 2007), member of the European Parliament (from 1994 to 1995), where he chaired the Civil Liberties and Internal Affairs Committee in charge of Migration, Asylum, Justice and Fundamental Rights. During these years António Vitorino crafted leadership, management and negotiation skills at the highest level and developed in-depth knowledge of global and national migration contexts and related policy challenges.

He served as Judge of the Portuguese Constitutional Court from 1989 to 1994. Aside from the extensive political and public service experience, António Vitorino is also an experienced lawyer and a renowned academic. For more than 25 years he served as Assistant Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, International Human Rights Law, European Union Law on Justice and Home Affairs at the Lisbon Law School and Lisbon Nova University.

A fond promoter of civil society and private sector engagement, António Vitorino contributed to the work of prestigious think tanks and foundations. He was President of Notre Europe/Jacques Delors Institute in Paris (from 2011 to 2016), Board member of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, D.C. (from 2005 to 2013) and chaired the New York-based Advisory Board of the International Migration Initiative (from 2015 to 2017). In Portugal, António Vitorino was Commissioner of the Gulbenkian Foundation Forum on Migration and the Civil Society Platform for the Integration of Migrants (from 2005 to 2007).

António Vitorino was also a member of the Washington, DC-based Transatlantic Council on Migration from 2007 to 2018. In all these activities he has always been engaged in promoting ethical employment of migrants, as well as consistently advocating against inequalities, discrimination, violence and social exclusion endured by migrants, thus providing critical contributions to the development of comprehensive and inclusive public policies on migration. António Vitorino was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1957 and holds a Master's degree in Law and Political Science from the Lisbon Law School (1986). He is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 1982 and is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

Anne-Marie Grey
USA for UNHCR CEO

Anne-Marie brings more than 30 years of fundraising and marketing experience – both in the United States and internationally – to USA for UNHCR. Appointed in September 2014 to lead the organization and enhance its programs and resources, Anne-Marie is committed to mobilizing efforts in support of the 79.5 million men, women and children that have been forced to flee their homes around the world.

Prior to joining USA for UNHCR, Anne-Marie worked with UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF and Share our Strength in a variety of leadership fundraising and marketing positions. Before returning to the United States, Anne-Marie lived in Australia, where she led marketing and development programs for the National Museum of Australia and held several roles at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

Dr. Xiao Li Meng
HDSR Editor-in-Chief

Xiao-Li Meng, the Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics, and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Data Science Review, is well known for his depth and breadth in research, his innovation and passion in pedagogy, his vision and effectiveness in administration, as well as for his engaging and entertaining style as a speaker and writer. Meng was named the best statistician under the age of 40 by COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies) in 2001, and he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his more than 150 publications in at least a dozen theoretical and methodological areas, as well as in areas of pedagogy and professional development. In 2020, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He has delivered more than 400 research presentations and public speeches on these topics, and he is the author of “The XL-Files," a thought-provoking and entertaining column in the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) Bulletin. His interests range from the theoretical foundations of statistical inferences (e.g., the interplay among Bayesian, Fiducial, and frequentist perspectives; frameworks for multi-source, multi-phase and multi- resolution inferences) to statistical methods and computation (e.g., posterior predictive p-value; EM algorithm; Markov chain Monte Carlo; bridge and path sampling) to applications in natural, social, and medical sciences and engineering (e.g., complex statistical modeling in astronomy and astrophysics, assessing disparity in mental health services, and quantifying statistical information in genetic studies).

Meng received his BS in mathematics from Fudan University in 1982 and his PhD in statistics from Harvard in 1990. He was on the faculty of the University of Chicago from 1991 to 2001 before returning to Harvard, where he served as the Chair of the Department of Statistics (2004-2012) and the Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2012-2017)

Luca Dall’Oglio
USA for IOM CEO

Mr. Luca Dall’Oglio (CEO) was appointed Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Washington office effective 1 October 2012, and in 2013 became CEO of USA for IOM, IOM’s non-profit partner in the United States. Prior to this assignment, he was Special Envoy of the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Haiti from January 2010 and assumed the functions of resident Chief of Mission in June 2010. His preceding assignment was the Permanent Observer for the IOM to the United Nations in New York, a position he has held since late 2003.

A sociologist by training, Mr. Dall’Oglio has dedicated a large part of his career to issues related to population stabilization, post-crisis transition and recovery, with extensive field assignments in the Horn of Africa, Mozambique, Haiti, Guatemala and Kosovo. He was also IOM’s regional representative in Washington D.C. and Rome. Prior to IOM, he worked for UNESCO’s regional office for social sciences in Bangkok promoting teaching and research in the area of human rights, population, youth and migration. Before joining the international civil service, Mr. Dall’Oglio conducted teaching and research activities with the University of Rome and national and international research organizations. He has authored several published papers on migration and international cooperation.

Tolu Olubunmi
Social entrepreneur and advocate

Tolu Olubunmi is an entrepreneur and global advocate for migrants, refugees, and displaced people. An innovative thinker and determined change-maker, she has established and led numerous NGOs and campaigns focused on immigrant integration, employment, access to technology, and education. Tolu founded Lions Write, co-founded Welcome.us, and consults with corporations, governments, and NGOs on building inspiring and effective global social impact campaigns. Tolu has shared her expertise and inspiring personal story with a variety of entities, including the United Nations, Gates Foundation, World Bank, TIME, and the White House.

Tolu serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Migration and co-chairs Mobile Minds - high-skilled migration project advancing cross-border remote working as a 21st century alternative to physical migration. She also serves on the Board of Directors for USAIM for IOM, the U.S.-based partner of the UN Migration Agency IOM. She was named an outstanding woman entrepreneur and one of 15 women changing the world in 2015 by the World Economic Forum. She holds a Chemistry-Engineering degree from Washington and Lee University.

Maria G. Moreno
Head of Operations, Private Sector Engagement and Philanthropy of USA for the International Organization for Migration – (USA for IOM).

Maria Moreno works with the private and philanthropic sector in the United States to raise awareness and mobilize investments that support IOM programs around the world.

Her work highlights strategic alliances with celebrities, philanthropists, corporations and foundations to provide responses to different crises and humanitarian emergencies, social innovation programs, and socio-economic integration of migrants and internally displaced persons around the world.