CONFERENCE                                                                                                        IMMIGRATION POLICIES AND DEVELOPMENT: NEW PERSPECTIVES


bios of Speakers and chairs (in alphabetical order)

Avi Beker received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York specializing in international security, arms control and the United Nations. He was a member of the Israeli mission to the United Nations (1977-82). For twenty years Beker served in the World Jewish Congress, as the executive director in Israel, the international director and finally as the Secretary General, the chief executive officer of the umbrella organization of world Jewish communities. Beker participated and led international campaigns against anti-Semitism, Holocaust restitution, defending Jewish human rights and advocating for rights of Jews from Arab countries. Under the auspices of the WJC, he founded the Israel Council for Foreign Relations and the Institute for Research of the WJC which he subsequently headed. He has published books and articles on international politics and security, disarmament, Israel’s foreign policy and Jewish affairs. He lectures regularly on these topics in Israel and abroad. On December 2007 Beker received the Boris Smolar award from the American Jewish distribution Committee (JDC) for his research studies and essays on international Jewish affairs. In 2004-7 he lectured to MA students of Diplomacy and headed the program on Jewish Diplomacy at the school of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University. His book The Chosen: the History of an Idea and the Anatomy of an Obsession was published on May 2008 by Palgrave-Macmillan.

Tom Brenneman serves as Policy Associate for Migration & Human Security with the 3D Security Initiative. He is a founding member of Cooperative By Design, LLC. an Arizona-based Peacebuilding Consortium with whom he serves in peacebuilding working with faith communities, social services and law enforcement. Working in the field of peace-building and restorative justice since 1992, Tom holds a degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University and is currently a graduate student in sociology at American University. He is a co-founder of the Sonoran Borderlands Peacebuilding Initiative (SBPI) and related Centro de Paz para Ambos Nogales (CEPAN), conflict resolution initiatives addressing migration and security concerns along the Arizona-Sonora border.

Gregory Brown, Ph.D. is Principal Analyst at CENTRA Technology Inc. and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the CENTER for Australian and New Zealand Studies in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.  Greg manages programs on migration, religion, democracy, and emerging issues and teaches courses on immigration, diaspora politics, and national identity formation.  His work on Australian multiculturalism, immigration policy, and comparative ethnic politics and policy has been highlighted in The Economist and the New Zealand Herald and has published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and Australia's preeminent journal of demography and immigration, People and Place .  Greg has held teaching and research appointments at Melbourne University, Australian National University, the Office of the Shadow Minster for Immigration and Multiculturalism in the Australian Parliament, and Southwestern University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and currently serves as Vice President (2007-2009) of the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America (ANZSANA). 

Maria Cseh, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Learning (HOL) at The George Washington University, Coordinator of the HOL Doctoral Program, and Lecturer at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Her cross-cultural and international research studies on workplace learning, organizational development and change, and leadership were published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and presented at international conferences. She is a member of the Advisory Board for four international journals, serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Human Resource Development and consults on organization development and change and evaluation projects with profit and non-profit organizations.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and directs the Center for Employment Policy. From February 2003 to April 2005 Ms. Furchtgott-Roth was chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. Previously she served as chief of staff at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth was assistant to the president and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute from 1993 to 2001. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Executive Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Associate Director of the Office of Policy Planning in the White House under President George H.W. Bush. From 1987 to 1991 she was an economist at the American Petroleum Institute, where she authored papers on energy and taxation. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth was an economist on the staff of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1986 to 1987. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth received her M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University.

Margot Gotzmann, Ph.D. is an international consultant, scholar, manager, social activist and problem-solver. Her consulting & scientific fields are: economic/social/human development, social security systems, management, intercultural management, multiculturalism and history of ideas. In the recent past she collaborated with UNDP, European Union, Asia-Europe Foundation, the Council of Europe, governmental/scientific/non-profit institutions of European Union She was main organizer and keynote speaker at international conference series on multicultural dialog. Adviser to CEO’s of banks and large businesses and governments. For many years, served as CEO for businesses and governmental agencies within social security system, and was an initiator, founder and president of several non-profit organizations in the field. She is also a co-author of enactment of social security acts in Europe and pension program reforms. She was founder and president of school of management, and lecturer in social security systems management & financing, social security reforms, pension programs, development (economic, social, human, cultural), history of ideas and heuristics.

Jon Greenwald is a veteran foreign service officer and former director of the U.S. Department of State's Office of Counter-Terrorism. During a distinguished diplomatic career Greenwald held embassy and consular posts throughout Europe. From 1991-93, in the Office of Counter-Terrorism, he devised diplomatic strategies for dealing with Libya, and led a mission during the Gulf War. Most recently, Greenwald served in Brussels, where he helped negotiate the New Transatlantic Agenda on U.S.-European Union ties that President Clinton signed in 1995, defining U.S. political and trade engagements in Europe. At the International Crisis Group (ICG), he supervises the ICG research and reporting cycle, working with program and project directors around the world to develop and maintain a steady stream of targeted reports and briefing papers on the full range of crises and subjects that the International Crisis Group covers. He maintains senior-level contacts with Washington-based officials and diplomats, frequently speaks to student groups and participates in conferences and seminars in the U.S. and Europe. He also undertakes advocacy trips worldwide, most recently to Iran. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Law School, and has written extensively on foreign policy issues.

Soren Jessen-Petersen, is a Head of the Washington Office of the Independent Diplomat and a Guest Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) where he has been writing a book on the interplay between politics and humanitarian consequences. He is also a lecturer at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Since November 2006 been served as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Kosovo and head of UNMIK, including serving at the level of UN Under Secretary-General. He has also served as the Chairman of the European Union Stability Pact's Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI), as Assistant High Commissioner at UN High Commission for Refugees, headquarters in Geneva, and as Director of the UNHCR Liaison Office at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Benjamin E. Johnson was named Director of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) in June 2007. Prior to that, he was Director of AILF's Immigration Policy Center since February 2003. Mr. Johnson has written extensively on immigration law and policy, and has appeared on National Public Radio, Fox News, BBC World News, and other television and radio programs. In 1994, Mr. Johnson co-founded and served as the Director of the Immigration Outreach Center in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1999, he joined the staff of the American Immigration Lawyers Association as Associate Director of Advocacy, where he worked with Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies on a wide variety of immigration-related issues. Prior to his work on immigration issues, he worked as a criminal and civil trial attorney in San Diego, California. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and studied international and comparative law at Kings College in London.

Shaista E. Khilji, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Studies at the George Washington University. She earned her PhD in International Management from University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Khilji’s research interests are focused upon making sense of the complexities and transformations surrounding management of contemporary organizations. However more specifically, she is interested in exploring the impact of multinationals on local contexts, organizations (culture, HR systems, and practices), and individuals (behavior and outcome) and vice versa to lead to a desired performance. She has published her work in the form of book chapters, encyclopedia chapters and articles in scholarly journals, such as the International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Business Review and the Journal of Product Innovation Management. Currently, Dr. Khilji is also serving as Research Faculty for Creative and Innovative Economy Center at GWU Law School. She is also an executive member of the inter-disciplinary Women Leadership Institute at GWU. She was recently the executive board member for Women in the Academy of International Business. She has also been nominated for the Washingtonian ‘Rising Star under 40 years’ for her all-round academic achievements. In past, she has been affiliated with the Center for Research for the Education of Women in Work, Ottawa, Canada and Center for IT and the Global Economy, DC. She has consulted with US and Canadian governments, other higher educational institutions (in Canada and Cuba) and several organizations in the private and non profit sector in Pakistan, US and Canada.

Nicholas Kittrie, Ph.D., is an international lawyer and a distinguished academic. Currently University Professor at the American University, Washington College of Law. Has served as counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, and is an expert in American and international public and criminal law. Past president of the American Society of Criminology, former dean of the Washington College of Law, and chair of the United Nations Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, he is the author and editor of over fifteen books and numerous articles. He frequently appears in mass media to deal with topics such as political offenders, terrorist activities, war crimes, drugs and alcohol, extradition, penology and criminal sentencing. Educated at the London School of Economics (U.K.), the University of Cairo (Egypt) and the Universities of Kansas, Chicago and Georgetown (USA), he is fluent in several languages. He has traveled extensively and has lectured at universities and congresses in Europe, Asia and Africa. He has served as legal consultant to several foreign governments and to the United States Vice-President's Commission on Terrorism. Among Kittrie's books (as author or editor) are Rebels With A Cause: The Minds and Morality of Political Offenders; The Tree of Liberty: A Documentary History of Rebellion and Political Crime in America; The War Against Authority: From the Crisis of Legitimacy to a New Social Order; The Right to Be Different: Deviance and Enforced Therapy; Crimes and Punishments: International Criminal Law and Procedure; The Future of Peace in the Twenty-First Century, and The Laws of War and the Laws of Peace; The Mentally Disabled and the Law.

Esther Ezra Lopatin, Ph.D., is currently an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University (teaching European Union Politics and International Relations Theory) and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University. Graduate of Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Munich, where she examined the effect of EU integration on the development of European immigration and asylum policy. Prior to her graduation, she was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington D.C., examining the impact of the changed international security situation on transatlantic cooperation in the field of immigration. Esther was working for Immigration and Assimilation Committee of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament). She also organized a series of panel discussions with officials from both sides of the Atlantic, focusing on how to foster transatlantic dialog in the fields of migration and security in the post 9/11 security environment. She speaks fluently English, German, Hebrew, Arabic and working French.

Kevin M. McGuire is the Executive Director of Maryland’s Family Investment Administration. Prior to his job in Maryland, he was employed for over twenty years by New York City’s Human Resources Administration where he was part of a team that planned and implemented New York’s successful welfare reform efforts which reduced the public assistance caseload there from 1.1 million persons to under 400,000 today. Since his arrival in Maryland, the State has experienced its lowest cash assistance caseload, low food stamp error rates, and the highest work participation rate ever. Mr. McGuire is a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Oneonta and the Post Graduate Program in Social Work Supervision and Training from the Hunter College School of Social Work of the City University of New York. He is the Vice President of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and serves on numerous other Boards and Committees including the National Association of State TANF Directors (NASTA) and the American Association of Food Stamp Directors (AAFSD).

Amy R. Novick has been involved with immigration and nationality law and policy for more than 20 years. She is currently practicing immigration and nationality law at The Haynes Immigration Law Firm in Washington, D.C. Before her very recent affiliation with Maggio & Kattar, Amy served as Deputy Director, Programs, of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). As Deputy Director, she directed the association’s extensive immigration education program, including publishing, legal education conferences, and marketing. Amy has significant experience in organizational management and strategic planning. Amy specializes in complex immigration problems that relate to public policy and immigration agency interpretations of law. Amy was a recipient of the AILA Edward Dubroff Memorial Writing Competition for her article on international refugee law and received an AILA Presidential Commendation for Outstanding Contributions in 1999 and 2001, an AILA Special Commendation for Leadership and Service in 2004, and a National Immigration Project (of the National Lawyers Guild) Special Recognition Award in 2004. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Center for Immigration Law and Practice. Amy serves on the American Immigration Law Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Lily Qi (pronounced “Chee”) has a professional background in public affairs and communication with experience in several industries including higher education, economic development, and financial regulation. Her broad-based professional credentials, knowledge on multicultural issues, and experience working with diverse communities prepared her for job with the Office of Community Partnerships. As an involved citizen, Lily serves on the Montgomery County Commission for Women, and was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to the Governor’s Commission for Asian Pacific American Affairs. She is the current president of the Greater DC Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans. She often speaks on topics related to multicultural awareness, Asian American issues, cross-cultural communication, and women's issues. Lily grew up in Shanghai, China and came to the United States in 1989 to pursue higher education. She has an MBA in Marketing from American University and a MA in Organizational Communication from Ohio University.

Kelly Ryan is Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. She joined the State Department in April 2002 as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). She directs the bureau’s refugee admissions and population and international migration offices. PRM plays a major role in US foreign assistance supplying approximately one billion dollars FY06 to international organizations and NGOs to protect refugees, certain internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable persons, including victims of conflict and trafficking. She is responsible for developing U.S. government policies on refugee admissions, migration, and population issues.
She played a leading role on the US team negotiating the UN Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2005 and 2006. She was the lead negotiator in a bilateral treaty with the Government of Canada on a “safe third country” agreement relating to allocation of asylum claims and testified on the agreement before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee of the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims. She has also concluded agreements with the governments of the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. She has represented the US in numerous international meetings and events, including various sessions of the UN Economic and Social Council; the UN Commission on Population; the UN Population Fund; the High Level Dialogue on Migration. She leads the U.S. delegations to the Hemispheric Conference on Migration and Trafficking (Santiago, Chile 2002). She serves as the US Vice-Minister at the Regional Conference on Migration (Antigua, Guatemala 2002 and Cancun, Mexico 2003, Panama City, Panama 2004, Vancouver, Canada 2005, and San Salvador, El Salvador 2006). She chaired RGCM sessions in New Orleans when the US served as Host and President Pro Tempore of the RCM. She has led US delegations to the Inter-Governmental Consultations on Asylum, Refugee, and Migration Policies in Europe, North America, and Australia (Oxford, United Kingdom 2002 and Antwerp, Belgium 2003, Svalbord, Norway 2004, Whistler, Canada, 2005, and Amsterdam, Netherlands 2006, Dublin, Ireland 2007).
Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Ryan practiced law for ten years. Most recently from 1998-2002, she served as the Chief of the Refugee and Asylum Division of the INS Office of the General Counsel. There, she directed the division responsible for advising the agency and the Department of Justice on issues involving immigration law and international protection under the U.S. legal system. She has been the DOJ representative on the U.S. delegation to sessions of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland and to sessions of the "Trans-Atlantic Dialogue" on migration issues among the U.S., Canada, and the European Union. She also served as the first legal advisor to the INS In-Country Refugee Processing Program in Port au Prince Haiti and worked in a similar capacity during the shipboard processing of Haitian migrants aboard the U.S.N.S. Comfort. She drafted the major federal rule that reformed the US asylum system and was the lead advisor to the agency on the expedited removal provisions, the most controversial and far-reaching asylum-related change in the last major immigration legislation in 1996. She successfully defended the agency in district court challenges to those provisions. She supervised the development of the formal process for considering claims under the Torture Convention and for the development of the visa rule for persons who have been victims of trafficking. She has led the development of advice on legal issues of first impression including national standards for the treatment of gender claims and clan membership.

Her awards include: 2002-2006 Department of State Performance Awards; 2000 and 1998 Commissioner's Meritorious Service Awards, the second highest agency award; the 1999 Commissioner's Challenge Award; 1997 INS Office of International Affairs Special Achievement Award for Special Acts; and 1997 INS General Counsel Superior Accomplishment Award.

She received a B.A. cum laude in History and English, Tulane University, a J.D, Georgetown University, and an LL.M with honours, Queens' College at Cambridge University.

Larry Hajime Shinagawa, Ph.D., has been appointed Director of Asian American Studies and Associate Professor of American Studies. For the past 30 years, he has been involved in the fields of sociology, American studies, multicultural education, ethnic studies, and Asian American studies. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, he was the Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity and Associate Professor of the Sociology Department of Ithaca College. As the Center Director, he was responsible for the development of academic programs in African New World Studies, Asian American Studies, Latino Studies, Native American Studies, and Comparative American and Ethnic Studies at Ithaca College.

Lisa Schirch is a professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.
She is the program director of the 3D Security Initiative which works to help make the links between community level peacebuilding work with think tanks, Members of Congress, State Department, Department of Defense, USAID, and others that shape U.S. foreign policy.    She specializes in building peace and security through sustainable development and multi-track diplomacy. Her current work explores the intersection of conflict prevention and climate change; Africom, and U.S. policies on Iran, Iraq, and border security.    A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has worked in over 20 countries with communities and government leaders to build peace and security.   She is the author of 5 books on peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
Lisa holds a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Jenifer S. Smyers is the Associate for Immigration and Refugee Policy with Church World Service, Immigration and Refugee Program. In this position, Ms. Smyers advocates for policies that benefit refugees and immigrants, urging Congress to treat all people with dignity and equity. Recently, CWS/IRP helped enact legislation to assist Iraqi refugees and others fleeing persecution who were unjustly barred from relief. Ms. Smyers is currently advocating for increased humanitarian assistance for displaced persons and working against legislation that would be detrimental to immigrant communities. A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Law and Society, B.A. in Public Communication, and Masters in Public Policy, Ms. Smyers has worked with Border Action Network in Tucson, Arizona and the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Besides immigration policy, Ms. Smyers is active in a variety of service projects helping youth, homeless, and financially struggling populations in the Washington, D.C. area.

María-Amelia Viteri holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration on Race, Gender and Social Justice and currently is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.. Ms. Viteri’s research concentrates on Diasporic Latinos living in the D.C. area and the conflations of race and sexuality, positionality and identity marked by a border crossing framework through a critical analysis of cultural and interpretative translation. Her research has extended to El Salvador and Ecuador and it conjugates her prior background studies on Linguistics and Gender in Ecuador. Among her most recent published works are a chapter entitled ‘Out of Place: Sexual, Racial and Nationalist Negotiations of Identity Amongst the ‘‘Latino/a’’ Immigrant Community in Washington, D.C.’ for the book ‘Out of Place' by Raw Nerve Books, United Kingdom, to be released in the Summer 2009. Her first co-edited book is entitled “Shifting Positionalities:  the (Local and International) Geo-Politics of Surveillance and Policing” Viteri, María-Amelia; Tobler, Aaron (eds.), UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Ms. Viteri speaks from a situated space as a transnational herself, moving between the geo-political spaces of the U.S. and Ecuador as an Associate Professor at FLACSO/Ecuador (Latin American School for the Study of Social Sciences). She has recently incorporated visual media as an additional tool of cultural activism and participatory action research to build bridges between academe, activism and local community efforts in issues related with immigration, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity both in the United States as well as in Ecuador.

Consuelo L. Waight, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development at the University of Houston. She has human resource development experience in Asia, Africa, Central America, Caribbean, and United States. One of her research interest is the epistemological frameworks of national human resource development policies.

Kenneth R. Weinstein, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. Headquarters as well as the Institute's Board Member and Executive Committee Member. He oversees the institute’s research, project management, external affairs, marketing, and government relations efforts. A political theorist by training who has taught at Claremont McKenna College and Georgetown University, Weinstein has written widely on international affairs for leading publications in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been decorated with a knighthood in Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Weinstein serves by presidential appointment and Senate confirmation as a member of the National Humanities Council, the governing body of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He graduated from the University of Chicago (B.A. in General Studies in the Humanities), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (D.E.A. in Soviet and Eastern European Studies), and Harvard University (Ph.D. in Political Science).