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Expanding Labor Market Access for Refugees and Forced Migrants Advisory Group

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The Center for Global Development and Refugees International’s advisory group is composed of leaders and experts on refugee and forced migrant economic inclusion and labor market access. They will play a key role in guiding and amplifying our initiative’s three pillars:

  • generating evidence on the economic, social, and protection effects of increasing labor market access;
  • developing recommendations to maximize its benefits, particularly for women and vulnerable populations, and mitigate challenges for both refugees and forced migrants, and their host communities; and
  • supporting efforts to mobilize the private sector to make the business case for increased labor market access.


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Imad Fakhoury, World Bank and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Co-Chair)

Per Heggenes, IKEA Foundation (Co-Chair)

Maureen White, Johns Hopkins University (Co-Chair)

Alexander Betts, University of Oxford

Annemarieke Edwardine Eva de Haan, Unilever

Barri Shorey, International Rescue Committee

Lucas Gomez, Government of Colombia

Veronica (Noni) Rossini, Tent Partnership for Refugees

Héloïse Ruaudel, International Labor Organization

Jackline Wahba, University of Southampton

Joanna Ibrahim, Open Taste & Bluefields Aceleradora

Kellie Leeson, RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission

Xavier Devictor, World Bank

Ellen Lee, UNHCR

Matthias Stausberg, Virgin

Hardin Lang, Refugees International

CGD Members

Helen Dempster, CGD (Lead)

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Related Experts

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Policy Fellow and Assistant Program Director for Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy