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14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant’s Skills

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Working Group
in englischer Sprache

Societies benefit from migration and enhanced mobility through ensuring equal treatment of migrants in a dynamic labour market. The recognition of a migrant’s qualifications represents one of the first and most important steps in ensuring that people can contribute to society according to their skills, abilities and preferences. How can the mutual recognition of qualifications be facilitated between Austria, Europe and other parts of the world? Are there any best practice examples? What are the biggest obstacles when it comes to recognising migrants’ skills and qualifications? How can we overcome them?

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Western Union Company, Engelwood/Denver
Immigration Counsellor and Programme Manager, Embassy of Canada, Vienna
Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna
Coordinator, Integration Centres, Austrian Integration Fund, Vienna
Member, Advisory Committee, Financial Market Symposium, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Host, Vienna Chair

Mag. Hikmet ERSEK

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Western Union Company, Engelwood/Denver

 Master's Degree (Magister), Economics and Business Administration, WU Wien - University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria
1986 Financial Services, Europay/MasterCard, Vienna, Austria
1996 General Electric GE Capital and GE Corporate National Executive, Vienna, Austria and Slovenia
1999-2010 Several Executive Roles, The Western Union Company, Europe, Middle East and Asia
since 2010 President and Chief Executive Officer, The Western Union Company, Englewood/Denver

Renald GREGOIRE

Immigration Counsellor and Programme Manager, Embassy of Canada, Vienna

 B.A. Administration, Université du Québec, Hull
 B.A. History, Université Laval, Quebec City
1987-1990 Assessment and Enquiries Officer, Revenue Canada, Ottawa
1990-1990 Foreign Service Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa
1990-1992 Third Secretary and Immigration Officer, Embassy of Canada, Port-au-Prince
1992- 1994 First Secretary and Immigration Officer, Embassy of Canada, Manila
1994-1995 First Secretary and Immigration Officer, Commission (Consulate) of Canada, Hong Kong
1995-1997 Counselor and Deputy Program Manager, Embassy of Canada, Belgrade
1997-2001 Counselor and Program Manager, Immigration and Visa Section, Embassy of Canada, Buenos Aires
2001-2003 Deputy Director, Assignment Unit, Personnel Division, International Region, Department of Citizenship and Immigration, Ottawa
2003-2004 Deputy Director, Control and Anti-fraud Division, Intelligence Branch, Department of Citizenship and Immigration, Ottawa
2004-2008 Counselor and Programme Manager, Visa Section, Embassy of Canada, Tokyo
2008-2011 Counselor and Programme Manager, Immigration and Visa Section, High Commission of Canada, Pretoria
2011-2014 Counselor and Programme Manager, Immigration and Visa Section, Embassy of Canada, Bucharest
since 2014 Counselor and Programme Manager, Immigration Section, Embassy of Canada, Vienna

Sebastian KURZ

Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

2008-2011 Provincial Chairman of the Young ÖVP - Austrian People's Party, Vienna
since 2009 Federal Chairman of the Young ÖVP
2010-2011 Member of the Vienna Provincial Diet and Vienna City Council, ÖVP, Vienna
2011-2013 State Secretary for Integration, Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
2013-2017 Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
since 2017 Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

Mag.a Jana MATISCHOK

Coordinator, Integration Centres, Austrian Integration Fund, Vienna

2002 Intern, and Freelancer, Anne Frank Zentrum Berlin e.V., Berlin
2002-2005 European Voluntary Service: Holocaust Education, Gedenkdienst, Vienna
2005 Publication Unit, Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen
2006 Intern, IWM- Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna
2007 Research Project "Das andere Osteuropa - Die 1960-1980er Jahre. Dissens in Politik und Gesellschaft. Alternativen in der Kultur. Beiträge zur vergleichenden Zeitgeschichte", Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen
since 2009 Spokeswoman for the Young Scientists, Research platform Vienna Eastern Europe Forum, University of Vienna
2011 Scientific Associate, Department of Slavic Literatures and Cultures, University of Passau
2011-2012 Project Manager, Talents Community 2011, University of Vienna
2012-2013 Research Management Assistant, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Sphere, Vienna
since 2015 Coordinator, Integration Centres, ÖIF- Integration Fund, Vienna
since 2013 Deputy Team Leader, Training and Work, ÖIF-Austrian Integration Fund, Vienna

Dr. Rainer MÜNZ

Member, Advisory Committee, Financial Market Symposium, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1978 Ph.D., University of Vienna
1979-1989 Research Fellow, Austrian Academy of Sciences
1980-1998 Lecturer, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt and University of Vienna
1986-1987 Visiting Professor, University of Bamberg
1986, 1989 and 1997-1998 Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley
1988-1989 Visiting Professor, University of Frankfurt am Main
1989-1997 Lecturer, Technical University, Vienna
1990-1992 Director, Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Science
1992 Visiting Professor, University of Zurich
1992-2003 Head, Department of Demography, Humboldt University, Berlin
1995, 1997 Visiting Professor, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt
2000-2001 Visiting Professor, University of Vienna
2001-2002 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Mathematics of Finance, Technical University, Vienna
since 2003 Senior Fellow, HWWI - Hamburg Institute of International Economics
since 2005 Senior Researcher, Erste Group Bank AG
2008-2010 Member, Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030, European Union
since 2009 Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Center, Washington, D.C.
since 2010 Visiting Professor, University of St. Gallen
Member of the Advisory Committee, Alpbach Financial Market Symposium, Vienna

Stephanie COX

Host, Vienna

2010 Startup Live Vienna, Klagenfurt, Graz & Innsbruck
2011-2013 IncrediblEurope Summit, Vienna
since 2011 Pioneers Festival Investors Day & Master Class, Vienna
2012 Pitch Your Passion, Vienna
Children's University Krems
2013 Entrepreneurship Summit Vienna Ashoka Session, Vienna
since 2013 projectXchange, Red Cross, Vienna
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31.08.2015

06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
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07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
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11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
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11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant’s SkillsBreakout
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