A Better Life – The Refugee and Migrant Crisis

A Better Life – The Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Solutions between Sovereignty and Integration

Monday 5 October 2015, 6.30PM

LSE, Tower One, TW1.G.01

                                                            (1 Clement’s Inn, Mobil Court, London WC2A 2AZ )

The Italian Society kicks off the new academic year inviting you to an important charity and panel event to raise awareness on the migrant and refugee crisis and listen to the experiences of experts who have been on the field.

Proudly endorsed by the LSE Institute of Global Affairs:

A Better Life
The Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Solutions between Sovereignty and Integration

Moderated by LSE Alumna Barbara Serra, Presenter & Correspondent at Al Jazeera English

Monday 5 October 2015, 6.30PM

LSE, Tower One, TW.1.G.01
(1 Clement’s Inn, Mobil Court, London WC2A 2AZ )

Speakers include Rear Admiral Cristiano Aliperta, Maritime Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in the UK and Italian Alternate Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Pamela DeLargy, Senior Advisor to the U.N. Special Representative for Migration Peter Sutherland, Sanj Srikanthan, the International Rescue Committee (IRC)-UK Director of Policy & Practice and Sohrab Ahmari from The Wall Street Journal who covered extensively the refugee crisis from Greece. Please find speakers’ biographies below.

Admission will be on a first-come first-served basis, but in order to participate WE ASK YOUR HELP to support the great work of the UNHCR with a minimum contribution of £15 at the following link justgiving.com/lseitaliansociety and, of course, spreading the word!

The suggested hashtag for the event is #abetterlife .

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Speakers’ Biographies

Sohrab Ahmari is an editorial page writer for the Wall Street Journal Europe, based in London. He joined the Journal in New York as an assistant books editor after serving as a Robert L. Bartley fellow in 2012. Prior to joining the Journal, he earned a law degree from Northeastern University and was a nonresident fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. An alumnus of Teach for America, Mr. Ahmari is co-editor of “Arab Spring Dreams,” an anthology of essays by young dissidents in the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Rear Admiral Cristiano Aliperta is the Maritime Attaché at the Italian Embassy in the United Kingdom, and the Italian Alternate Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Rear Admiral Aliperta has broad diplomatic experience in negotiating international regulations on the safety of navigation at sea, on marine environmental protection and on maritime security. He was involved in drafting of a new set of IMO guidelines on the employment of private armed guards on board of merchant ships. He has been with the Italian Coast Guards since 1978. From 2009 to 2011 he was Head of Department for Safety of Navigation, at Italy’s Coast Guard’s Headquarters. From 2008 to 2009, he was Maritime Director for the Italian island of Sardinia, where he was responsible for directing search and rescue operations, enforcing maritime law and environmental policies and implementing safety and security safeguards for the whole of Sardinia. Previously he was Head of Maritime Accident Investigations and Certifications, at the Genoa Maritime District.

Pamela DeLargy is currently Senior Advisor to the UN Special Representative for International Migration Peter Sutherland, with special focus on the Mediterranean migration dynamics. She previously served as UNFPA Representative in Sudan,and in Eritrea and she headed UNFPA’s global humanitarian response section for over a decade. She has been heavily involved with ensuring gender considerations in global humanitarian response, including the drafting and implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) and follow-on resolutions on sexual violence and on HIV and security.  She is a Horn of Africa specialist and did her graduate degrees in Political Science and in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Barbara Serra joined Al-Jazeera English in 2006 from Five News where she worked after being a reporter with Sky News. Before joining Sky News, Barbara worked at the BBC, where she started as a researcher on Radio 4’s Today programme. She then moved to BBC London News, as a TV and radio reporter, and later to BBC Radio Five Live as one of their EuroNews presenters. Barbara was born in Milan but grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sanj Srikanthan is the International Rescue Committee (IRC)-UK Director of Policy & Practice based in London leading IRC’s policy strategy in Europe, and overseeing IRC’s relationship with the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID). He joined IRC in June 2010  and has worked in over 8 countries in response to both natural disasters, like the Haiti earthquake and Ebola outbreak, and to complex conflict related emergencies in northern Syria and South Sudan. As a former Emergency Field Director, he has been at the forefront of some of the most challenging responses that IRC has mounted, and supports initiatives to reform humanitarian response, in order to improve impact and effectiveness of the aid sector. Sanj has a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a Master of Public Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris, focusing on post-conflict assistance. Prior to joining the IRC, Sanj served as a British Army Officer for 7 years.

We look forward to seeing you there,

The Italian Society Committee