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Thomas Huddleston

is Programme Director on Migration and Integration at the Migration Policy Group, a European think-and-do-tank and Chair of the SIRIUS network since 2016. He coordinates MPG’s comparative research on migrant and refugee education and integration, most notably through the European Website on Integration (https://ec.europa.eu/migrant-integration) and the Migrant Integration Policy Index (www.mipex.eu/education). He also chairs the quarterly migration subgroup of the NGO Platform on EU Migration and Asylum Migration Policy Group – MPG – an NGO based in Brussels specialized in migration, integration and anti-discrimination represented by Thomas Huddleston, Programme Director on Migration and Integration.

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Lana Jurko

is the Executive Director of the Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC). Lana has been with NEPC, an    international non-governmental membership organization of education policy centers, since 2006. Her career spans from being an English teacher to software trainer and help desk operator to project coordinator and assistant researcher to her current position. She worked at international organisations such as United Nations and OSCE, schools, non-government organisations, at the research institute. Her life and career path took her to different towns, countries and continents confirming her belief in inter-connectedness of our planet and the importance of global social justice and makes her a true believer that education should play a major role in achieving this goal. Since the inception of NEPC, she has managed over a dozen of international projects and publications in educational access, inclusion and policy.

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Hanna Siarova

is Research Manager in Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI, www.ppmi.lt), a policy research and analysis centre in Lithuania. Her main research interests are centred on inclusive education, social inclusion and gender equality policies in the EU Members States and pre-accession countries. She has been leading a number of comparative studies on education for diversity and integration of immigrant students, incl. Educational support to newly arrived migrant children (DG EAC), Study on the effective use of ECEC in preventing ESL (DG EAC), Study on how Initial Teacher Education prepares student teachers to deal with diversity in the classroom (DG EAC). Hanna is a member of the Executive Board of the European Policy network on education of immigrant and minority students (SIRIUS) since 2016 and coordination team of the Network on the social dimension in education and training (NESET II).

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Dr Michalis Kakos

is senior lecturer and member of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Childhood, Education and Society, Leeds Beckett University. He has researched and published in the field of Citizenship, Inclusive and Special Needs education. In previous positions Michalis led the Initial Teacher Training course in Citizenship education in University of Leicester and he held research fellowships at the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE), University of Leeds and at the Centre for Research in Inclusion and Diversity (CREID) University of Edinburgh. Michalis’ research interests include: citizenship education, professionalism and institutionalisation in education; ‘normality’, ‘abnormality’ and special education. Michalis has taught in Primary schools, Pupil Referral Units, Special, Grammar, Comprehensive and Preparatory schools in Greece, USA and the UK.

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