Ms Ivana d'Alessandro holds a degree in international law (Università Federico II – Napoli, Italy), and a Master in Human rights (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid) during which she specialised in migrants and refugees’ rights. She works at the Council of Europe since 2004 where she first integrated the Roma and Travellers Division, focussing on the access of Roma minority to social rights through the elaboration and monitoring of National Action Plans. At the same time, she devised, launched and implemented the Council of Europe “Dosta!” communication campaign to fight deep-rooted stereotypes against Roma people.
In 2009 she integrated the General Directorate of Democracy where she headed the Biodiversity Unit; a year later she was appointed Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, a treaty binding 51 States to ensure a sustainable use of a common natural heritage.
In February 2016 Ms d’Alessandro integrated the Intercultural Cities Unit were she becale the head of the main Council of Europe programme to assist local and regional authorities in the conception and implementation of intercultural integration strategy.
Since 2020, she is also the Secretary of the Working Group on Intercultural Integration (GT-ADI-INT), the first internationally recognised multilevel body in the field of migrant integration. Composed of a mix of local and national authorities, the GT-ADI-INT helps the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Anti-discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion, to steer intergovernmental work in the field of migrant integration and positive diversity management, and to mainstream the principles of intercultural integration at the national level.
Mike Adamson is Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, the country’s leading voluntary crisis response organisation, and part of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Mike is responsible for all of the British Red Cross’ UK and International work. Prior to his current appointment, he held several other senior positions within BRC, including Managing Director of Operations. Mike has also worked as a Director of Commissioning in the NHS and spent five years as Managing Director for Services at another national charity. He began his career as an economist in management consultancy. Mike is currently:
• Chair of Voluntary & Community Sector Emergency Partnership • Trustee of National Emergency Trust • Member of the NHS Prevention Board • Trustee of Catch 22 • Member of the Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Panel • Trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) • Member of CASS External Advisory Panel for Charities Masters
Mike also chaired the NCVO review on how charities enable donors to give consent.
In June 2021 Mike has been awarded a CBE honour for services to the humanitarian sector and the Red Cross Movement.
He lives in Gloucestershire with his wife Lorna and two daughters Eleanor and Sophie. In his spare time he likes to run, cycle and read – he is also a founding member of his local film club.
Mike has an MPhil in economics from Oxford University and an MBA with distinction.
Ms. Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor took up her post as UNHCR’s Representative to the UK in December 2018. Prior to this she had served as Director for External Relations at UNHCR‘s Headquarters in Geneva.
Ms Pagliuchi-Lor has over 30 years of experience in refugee and humanitarian work, and has served UNHCR in a diverse country contexts, including Pakistan, Nepal, Iraq, Kenya, Belgium, Hungary and Italy. Ms. Pagliuchi-Lor holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, Italy.
Richard is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences. An academic geographer and Professor of International Development, he is member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences, of which he has been Fellow since 2012.