Advisory Board

MEDAM is supported by a small number of senior external researchers and stakeholders to strengthen our academic and policy-orientated outreach.

Through close working relationships with our advisory board members MEDAM benefits from their knowledge and experience as they provide us with valuable feedback and guidance regarding our research agenda and dialogue activities.

We are happy that advisors support and participate in selected MEDAM activities. They do so in their private capacity and not representing their institutions.

László Andor

László Andor is Secretary-General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. A Hungarian economist, he served as the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion (2010–14), after which he was head of the Department of Economic Policy at Corvinus University, senior fellow at the Hertie School, and a visiting professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles as well as Sciences Po.

Earlier, he represented Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, and the Czech Republic on the board of directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Before that he taught political science and economic policy in Budapest, and was editor of the progressive social science journal Eszmélet.

Céline Bauloz

Céline Bauloz is a senior research officer and head of the Research Unit of the Migration Research Division at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She is also editor of the IOM Migration Research Series and a senior fellow at the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

She has been working in the field of migration for the past 10 years, especially on issues related to displacement, international protection, migrants’ inclusion, and migration governance. She has worked as a lecturer and researcher at various academic institutions and as a consultant for intergovernmental organizations.

Jacki Davis

Jacki Davis is an experienced journalist, speaker on EU affairs, and moderator of high-level events in Brussels and in EU national capitals, an editor of publications, a broadcaster on television and radio news programs, and a senior adviser and member of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centre (EPC).

Based in Brussels, Jacki was previously communications director of the EPC, editor-in-chief of E!Sharp magazine, and launch editor of European Voice, the Brussels-based weekly newspaper then owned by The Economist (now Politico).

Jean-Louis De Brouwer

Jean-Louis De Brouwer is director of the European Affairs Program at the Egmont Institute. He joined the institute in 2019, after retiring from the European Commission where, most recently, he was director of operations of the Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department. Previously, he was in charge of implementing the EU2020 agenda and policies on employment, as well as those on immigration, asylum, visas and borders.

He has been teaching Public Law, Political Science, and EU Politics at the Saint Louis University of Brussels and the Catholic University of Mons. In addition, he is currently a lecturer on international relations theories and on the EU’s area of freedom, security, and justice.

Giulio Di Blasi

Giulio Di Blasi is the Europe director of the Refugee Hub—Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI), where he spearheads work to engage with European countries and institutions to expand sponsorship solutions across Europe. Before joining the GRSI team, he was a member of the cabinet of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs/Vice President, Federica Mogherini, responsible for migration and human rights issues.

Prior to that he was head of the team for implementing hotspot support in Italy and Greece at the Directorate-General of Internal Affairs of the European Commission. Before joining the Commission in 2011, Giulio worked in the humanitarian NGO sector, focusing on the Middle East and East Africa and specializing in refugee management and human displacement.

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Marie McAuliffe

Marie McAuliffe is head of the Migration Research Division at the headquarters of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva and editor of IOM’s flagship World Migration Report.

She is an international migration specialist with more than 20 years of experience in migration as a practitioner, program manager, senior official, and researcher. Marie has researched, published and edited widely on migration and displacement, and is on the editorial boards of the scientific journals International Migration and Migration Studies.

Saime Özçürümez

Saime Özçürümez is an associate professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University. She conducts research and publishes on migration policy and politics in the EU and Turkey, health and immigration, gender and immigration, irregular immigration, integration and citizenship, media representation of migrants, and comparative politics.

She has been part of many international and national collaborative research projects, and is the director of the Human Mobility Processes and Interactions Research Lab.