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Changing the Narrative - a Multi Stakeholder Approach to Forced Displacement

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Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
Room 1501 IAB Map Location

The Migration Working Group, with the support of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative, presents:

A follow-up Symposium on the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead.

Two weeks after the world’s attention turned to New York City for the General Debate of the UN General Assembly and the landmark UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, which convened over 150 world leaders to consider strategies for dealing with large movements of refugees and migrants, this Symposium offers an opportunity to consider its outcomes and discuss what academics, companies, students, and civil society alike can do to move the agenda on migration and refugees forward.


                        5:30 PM – 6:00 PM          REGISTRATION

                        6:00 PM – 6:10 PM          WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

                        6:10 PM – 7:05 PM           A FOLLOW-UP ON THE UN SUMMIT ON REFUGEES

                                                                  AND MIGRANTS

                       Moderator: Michael W. Doyle

                        7:05 PM – 7:30 PM           Q&A

                        7:30 PM – 7:40 PM           Coffee break and Show of Force video screening 

                        7:40 PM – 8:35 PM           CHANGING THE NARRATIVE – 

                      A MULTI STAKEHOLDER APPROACH  

                Moderator: Daniel Naujoks

                        8:35 PM – 9:00 PM           Q&A

                       9:00 PM – 10:00 PM          Reception with food & beverage from Eat Offbeat


The space is limited and registration through OrgSync is required. If you're not an enrolled SIPA student please RSVP by sending an email to 

Note that this event is restricted to participants over 21 years. 




Michael W. Doyle, University Professor and Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative. Doyle specializes in international relations theory, international security, and international organizations. He previously served as assistant secretary-general and special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2001 to 2003. His responsibilities included strategic planning (Millennium Development Goals), outreach to the international corporate sector (the Global Compact), and relations with Washington.


Daniel Naujoks, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Daniel Naujoks focuses primarily on issues related to international migration and development and homeland-diaspora relations. Daniel has been working on development, migration, and population affairs at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), the UN Population Division, UNICEF and the International Labour Organization (ILO).


Noel Calhoun is currently a Senior Policy Officer with the Office of the Special Adviser for the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. She has worked for 15 years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), serving in Russia, Kenya, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Iraq.  Later this year she will take up the position of UNHCR Deputy Representative in Ukraine.   She studied political science at Columbia University (B.A.) and Harvard University (M.A. and Ph.D.).     


Sayre Nyce is the Executive Director of Talent Beyond Boundaries. TBB’s mission is to develop safe and legal pathways for refugees to be self sufficient through global private sector employment. Sayre has 15 years of experience working on refugee response with the UN and non-profit organizations, including the International Rescue Committee and Refugees International. She also served as the Regional Operations Officer for the UN Refugee Agency in Jordan and Lebanon during the Iraq and Syria refugee crises. Sayre has worked to improve refugee policy and operations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and has extensive experience conducting field analysis, building consensus among a variety of stakeholders, and increasing operational effectiveness. She has a B.A. in Psychology and French from St. Olaf College and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.  


Christopher Richter is currently working as a Migration Officer with the Permanent Observer Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the United Nations, a position he has held since 2012. During this period, he has been responsible for the office’s development portfolio, coordinating IOM’s policy inputs to major UN processes and conferences, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, the SAMOA Pathway document for Small Island Developing States, and currently the Habitat III New Urban Agenda. He is also currently the New York focal point for Migration, Environment and Climate Change. He has published a number of articles on migration and development, refugee law and security policy

Bill Frelick, director of Human Rights Watch's refugee program, monitors, investigates, and documents human rights abuses against refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons, and advocates for the rights and humanitarian needs of all categories of forcibly displaced persons around the world. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Frelick directed Amnesty International USA's refugee program and the US Committee for Refugees (USCR), which he served for 18 years. He was the editor of USCR's annual World Refugee Survey and monthly Refugee Reports. Frelick has traveled to refugee sites throughout the world and is widely published. He taught in the Middle East from 1979-1983 and was co-coordinator of the Asian Center of Clergy and Laity Concerned from 1976-1979. Frelick has a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from Columbia University.

Mais Balkhi is the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for Syria Relief and Development (SRD), a non-profit organization distributed more than $30 million in aid to nearly 900,000 Syrians in need since 2011. SRD is expanding its work aiming at providing higher education opportunities for young Syrians. Mais has a 10 years’ work experience in managing both emergency response and local development programs with non-profit organizations and holds a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering. Before moving to the U.S in 2015, Mais worked at The Syria Trust for Development, a non-profit organization created to inspire and empower individuals and communities throughout Syria. When the Syrian conflict began in 2011, Mais was among the pilot team who started an initiative to support internally displaced people in challenging environments; the initiative has since become one of the organization’s main programs implementing throughout Syria.

Sarah Krause is the Senior Director, Programs for the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program (CWS/IRP+). In her role as Senior Director, Programs, she oversees relief, development, and protection programming in Sub-Saharan Africa including the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Africa, as well as immigration and refugee programming in the United States. Ms. Krause has nearly 15 years humanitarian experience with more than 10 years at the senior management level. She holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Huntington University. 

Ambassador H.E. Mr. Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations 

Lara Setrakian is an award-winning journalist, strategist and entrepreneur. She spent five years in the Middle East reporting via television, radio and digital platforms for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune, Business Insider and Monocle magazine. Her 2009 coverage of Iran’s election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011 garnered industry praise. Lara is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a degree in government. Lara enjoys a strong yoga practice, reading poetry and cooking vegetarian meals.

Andrew Painter is a Senior Policy Advisor with the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Deeply experienced in refugee protection, Andrew has dealt with issues such as detention of asylum-seekers, exclusion from refugee status, trafficking and smuggling, protection of unaccompanied and separated children, and comprehensive solutions, from a legal, policy and operational perspective. In 2015, Andrew joined the Executive Office of the Secretary-General to support implementation of the Secretary-General’s Human Rights up Front initiative. He moved to UNHCR’s New York Office in early 2016, where he heads its protection and human rights pillar.  Andrew received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College, a law degree from New York University School of Law and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.