Prof. dr. Ayse CAGLAR, is Professor at the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She was the principal investigator on the project CITYSCALERS: Migrants, Urban Reinvention, Cultural Industries at the same university. Her research expertise lies in globalization and transnationalization processes; transformation of nation states and changing property relations; migration; neoliberal urban restructuring and migrants; cultural industries; transnational legal spaces; citizenship; ethnographies of the state; Roma in Europe; family law (in relation to the Third Country Nationals); European cultural policies, immigrant cultural production and cultural industries; nationalism and nationalist discourses (with special emphasis on Turkey); and theories of ideology, popular and consumer culture.

Marva Corley-Coulibaly is the chief of the Globalization, Competitiveness and Labour Standards unit. Her current research focuses on trade, global supply chains and labour standards, enterprises and service economy. She also a global research project on labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements. Prior to joining the ILO, Marva was a Senior Economist at the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York. She also as an economist for the United States’ Department of Labor in Washington, DC. She holds a PhD in economics from Howard University in Washington, DC.

Frank ELBERS, is Executive Director of the Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), and has 25 years of experience in development and human rights in post-communist Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining HREA in 2003 as Deputy Director, he worked for the Anne Frank House as Education Officer for Southeastern Europe; as a staff associate in the Human Rights Education Programme at the Netherlands Helsinki Committee; and as Program Officer West Africa at SATELLIFE; and as a consultant for Education Development Center, UNESCO and UNIFEM; as well as a Board chair of the Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe Network (DARE) (2009-2015).

Halleh Ghorashi is, since 2012, Full Professor of Diversity and Integration in the Department of Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Between 2005 and 2012 she held the prestigious position of PaVEM-chair in Management of Diversity and Integration at the Department of Organization Science at the VU. Her research focuses on issues such as diasporic positioning, cultural diversity, emancipation and inclusion with a particular focus on the narratives of identity, (forced)migration and belonging in the context of growing culturalism. She is an elected Member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW), and serves as advisor to various societal organizations. Personal website:

Prof. dr. Xavier GROUSSOT¸ is Professor of EU Law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University. He is the vice-dean and the Director of the Master Programme in European Business Law. He is a guest professor at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and the University of Reykjavik. His area of research interests relate to constitutional law, economic law, procedural law, federalism and legal theory. He is currently involved in three different research projects concerning the issue of mutual trust after the Opinion 2/13; the issue of social and green clauses in public procurement; and proportionality and discretion in public international law, WTO law and EU law.

Prof. Matteo JESSOULA, is Associate Professor at the University of Milan, Department of Social and Political Sciences. His appointments include Director of the Welfare Laboratory, Director of the International Observatory on Social Cohesion and Inclusion, Coordinator of LPF-Comparative Politics and Public Philosophy Lab, and member of the European Social Policy Network-ESPN. His main research fields include comparative welfare states, pension policy, labour policy, social assistance policies, European social governance, institutional change, empirical Political Theory.

Prof. dr. Eva KITTAY, is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook and a Senior Fellow of the Stony Brook Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, and an Affiliate of the Women's Studies Program. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, and the APA and Phi Beta Kappa Lebowitz Prize. She has also been recognized for her work in Feminist Philosophy, being named Women Philosopher of the Year (2003-2004) by the Society for Women in Philosophy and having chaired the Committee on the Status of Women (1997-2001). She chairs and was a founder of Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute, a summer program for undergraduates who are from groups underrepresented in philosophy. She is currently writing a monograph tentatively entitled Disabled Minds and Things That Matter: Lessons for a Humbler Philosophy.

Dr Oliver Lewis is an international human rights lawyer, with a particular interest in mental health and disability. He is a barrister and an associate member of Doughty Street Chambers, London, and a professor of law and social justice at the University of Leeds. From 2001 until 2006 he was legal director of the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an NGO that advances the rights of people with mental health issues and learning disabilities worldwide, and from 2006 to 2017 he served as its executive director

Magdalena Majkowska-Tomkin is division director for the Migration and Inclusion Unit of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, where she oversees the interrelated portfolios on the protection and rights of migrants, inclusion, and antidiscrimination. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations in 2016, Majkowska-Tomkin served as the chief of mission for the International Organization for Migration offices in Hungary and Slovenia. Prior to her appointment, she worked as the project manager and regional program officer for organization, focusing mainly on issues of labor migration and integration in Central Europe, the Western Balkans, and Western Europe. Majkowska-Tomkin began her career working on migration and refugee issues in Ireland, within the Integrating Ireland network of migrant and refugee support organizations, and with Metro Eireann, the multicultural magazine written by and for migrant communities. Majkowska-Tomkin holds an MA in international relations and European studies from Central European University in Budapest, and a degree in sociology from Gdansk University in Poland

Marisa MATIAS, is Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries of Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left, Vice Chair of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2), and member of the Conference of Delegation Chairs and Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Prof. dr. Jürgen NEYER, is Chair of International and European Politics and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences at European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder).

Frank Vandenbroucke studied economics in Leuven and Cambridge, UK, and received his D.Phil. in Oxford. He was Minister for Social Security, Health Insurance, Pensions and Employment in the Belgian Federal Government (1999-2004), and Minister for Education and Employment in the Flemish Regional Government (2004-2009). Vandenbroucke was closely involved with the launching of the EU’s Lisbon Strategy in 2000, notably with the development of its social dimension. Although he was full-time engaged in politics until 2011, he published in international journals (Mathematical Social Sciences, Journal of European Social Policy, Intereconomics) and Belgian social policy journals. Frank Vandenbroucke is University Professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He also teaches at the University of Antwerp (UA), where he holds the chair “Herman Deleeck”. His current research focuses on the impact of the EU on the development of social and employment policy in the EU Member States. He was the chair of a Commission on Pension Reform, set up by the Belgian Government, which report was published in June 2014.