2nd Global Exchange- Maximizing Diaspora Engagement: Mobilizing Resources

Maximizing Diaspora Engagement: Mobilizing Resources

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Thursday, 27-May-2021 16:00:00 - Thursday, 27-May-2021 18:00:00 Europe/Brussels


Opening remarks  

Manfred Profazi

Manfred Profazi is the Senior Regional Advisor for Europe and Central Asia in the Office of the Director General at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland since September 2017. Before his current assignment, Mr. Profazi was the Chief of Mission of the IOM Mission in Ukraine from 2010 to 2017. Previous to that, he served as the Executive Officer and in other functions at IOM Indonesia between 2006 and 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Profazi worked for 3 years as a Programme Manager for IOM in Kabul, Afghanistan. Before that, he was the Head of Office and Operations Coordinator of IOM’s Liaison Office in Berlin, Germany. He started his career with IOM as a consultant and later research assistant at the IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining IOM in 1997, Mr. Profazi worked as a consultant at the German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung, DIW) in Berlin, Germany and at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna, Austria. A German National, he received his master's degree in Political Science, with an emphasis on Migration and International Relations at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. He has conducted research on international labour migration, migration potentials, migration history and theories.   


Eric Guichard

Mr. Eric Guichard is founder & CEO of Movement Capital Ltd (aka Homestrings), an investment platform that caters exclusively to Frontier and Emerging Market investors including the global Diaspora. Movement showcases promising emerging market companies on the verge of disrupting industries and markets in which they operate. Prior to Movement Capital Ltd, Eric was Founder and Chairman of GRAVITAS Capital, an institutional asset management company he created in 1996. Before his entrepreneurial stint, Eric was Portfolio Manager at the World Bank where he also served as technical adviser to sovereign and multilateral institutions worldwide. Eric is a graduate of the University of Dakar, in Senegal; of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; and of the Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA (World Bank Scholar and Harvard Fellowship award.) He serves on several non-profit boards, including: the University of Maryland's Center for Financial Policy – an academic think tank on policy reform; and has served on the boards of Capital Partners for Education – an inner city mentorship program; and on OIC International – an initiative that encourages economic self-reliance in Africa. Eric received a 2009 Risk Innovator Award for Finance from Risk & Insurance Magazine for innovative work at GRAVITAS. In 2013 he received "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" from London-based African Diaspora Awards for successfully launching Homestrings.com, precursor to Movement Capital. In 2014, Homestrings Ltd received the "African Financier of the Year" Award from the Association of African-Owned Enterprises, UK. 


Mbemba Jabbi 

Mbemba Jabbi holds a BSc. in Development Studies, a MSc. Agri. in Rural Development and an M.A. in Management obtained in Ireland. Mbemba is the founder and Managing Director of Jabbi Group Limited, a business and management consultancy company and the Executive Director of the Africa Solidarity Centre (“Africa Centre Ireland”) all based in Ireland. He has been carrying out research on the African Diaspora and their role in the development of Africa countries for the past 10 years. Mbemba mobilised African Diaspora to inform Ireland’s new International Development Policy in 2018. He has been evaluating programme activities of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and facilitating dialogue between the private and non-profit sectors in Ireland on how they can work together in eradicating global poverty. Mbemba also serves on the African Union Commission’s Joint Labour Migration Committee. Mbemba is a Global Goodwill Ambassador on Humanitarian work related to the Sustainable Development Goals and was a recipient of the International Diversity Leadership award 2018. 

Jorge Zavala 

Jorge Zavala is an Electrical Engineer transformed into a Mathematician that evolved into a business developer engaged in venture backed high-tech startups. Jorge is very involved in new product and talent development focused in new ventures and highly innovative technology companies.  With more than 16 years living in the Silicon Valley, Jorge has collected experience in consulting and facilitating with over 700 workshops and seminars with international companies looking how to build innovative and scalable new products.  Workshops like “The Minimum Viable Mindset”, product development, enhance technical and management skills for executives, university academics and students from Mexico and Latin America to get feedback and capitalize lessons learned from the professionals who attended bootcamps in Silicon Valley as well market validation, growth hacking, go to market strategies and how to fund and scale companies using venture funds and large market opportunities.  In 2020 launched a live conversation interviews over Facebook Live, conducting more than 350 interviews to people about how to Reinvent the Reinvention during the pandemic developing a unique style to help people to explore how to imagine a structured way to take action and develop new ventures as a person, as a professional person, as a community member(s) or in business endeavors. In 2012, published the book: “Think Like Silicon Valley been anywhere”. In 2013 published in Spanish the book co-authored with 13 other authors the book “Mas allá del Business Plan” – Beyond the Business Plan”. In 2005, funded the “Red Global de Mexicanos” network of the Mexican Diaspora with more than 65 chapters around the world. Since 2015, as a part time professor, Jorge teaches in the Universidad Panamericana located in Guadalajara, Mexico the course to develop innovative projects in the Innovation Master Degree. A business writer of the weekly column “InnovArte” in the Mural newspaper from Guadalajara, Jalisco. 

Liza Gashi

Liza Gashi is an executive leader, innovator, and entrepreneur with global experience in policy, research, and engagement of multi-stakeholders in governance, development, migration, and diplomacy. Liza is a former Incumbent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora in Kosovo during Kurti Government 2020; founder and former executive director of GERMIN, a non-governmental organization that uses technology and virtual channels to connect and engage Diaspora in advancing the development and democratization of their home countries. Co-founder and former managing director of KosovoDiaspora.org, a crowdsourcing digital engagement and diplomacy platform that connects Kosovars to the world, and the world with Kosovars. Founder and chairwoman of UWC Kosova, a National Committee of Kosovo for United World Colleges (UWC), a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Liza completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Arizona State University and holds a bachelor's degree from Wartburg College (IA) in International Relations, Political Science, and Spanish Language and Literature. She is also a proud alumna of United World College in Costa Rica and the National University of Córdoba in Argentina. 

Odile Robert

Odile Robert is currently Deputy Head of the Global Programme Migration and Development at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation at the Headquarters in Bern. She has been working at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for 10 years. She was a human rights advisor at the Swiss Mission to the OSCE and the UN in Vienna and a political officer in the Task Force for the 2014 Swiss OSCE Chairmanship. In 2015, she joined the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in charge of programmes for the Horn of Africa. Prior to that, Odile Robert worked for eight years in various positions at the Headquarters and in the field for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Odile Robert holds a Master degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Closing remarks  

Dr. Raj Bardouille 

Raj Bardouille holds a PhD degree in Economics (with labour and employment focus). She has well over 32 years of work experience in teaching and research in universities in the Caribbean and Africa regions and as senior economist in the United Nations system organizations, including in the field and at headquarters in New York. Her professional experience covers a wide range of socio-economic development issues and challenges in the Caribbean and Africa regions, including, among others, poverty reduction and sustainable development, labour and employment policies, financing development through private and international resource mobilization, gender and development, small and medium enterprise development, migration and development.  Since leaving active service, Dr. Bardouille has continued her research on the nexus between migration and development. This she has pursued as an independent consultant, researcher, and also as an External Research Affiliate at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies in Toronto, Canada ; and as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for African Development, Cornell University in New York State. Currently she is exploring the possibility of undertaking research on engaging the Caribbean Diaspora in the development of their countries of origin. Dr. Bardouille has a number of publications to her credit. 


The event is open to all diaspora communities with a focus on facilitating exchange between global diaspora communities. All participants will then be invited to register through iDiaspora and will have the opportunity to share their experiences and submit inputs and initiatives during the plenary discussion. 


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