Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on migrants, refugees & travelers
Friday, 23th

“Can immigration policies contribute to creativity and progress for People in Motion?”
Are refugees, migrants, and travelers welcome here in The Netherlands? In this Voice4Thought panel discussion, ‘people in motion’ will be at the centre of the discussion and will speak for themselves. Questions such as: How can they contribute to the world? how does being forced to move affect them? and why is there so much misunderstanding will be highlighted. Their individual stories will give us a beautiful, if sometimes sad, outlook on alternative explanations of being in motion and their will to contribute to the world.

Marina Diboma, Head of External Affairs and International Cooperation of the Dutch-African Business Council (NBAC) will lead the discussion, amongst a diverse panel, including: Dr. Irial Glynn (Migration Historian, Leiden University, Ireland), Drs. Chudi V. Ukpabi (Senior Advisor, International Cooperation Governance, Public Policy, Strategic Communication, Nigeria-The Netherlands & World Citizen), Isaac Bacirongo (Writer, Activist & Entrepreneur, DR Congo-Australia), Rana Noman ( Opinion Writer, Activist & Refugee, Yemen), Aminata “Amee” Bamba (Business Lawyer, Human Rights Specialist & Artist, Ivory Coast), Abe “Valsero” Gaston Philippe (Artist, Political Activist & Actor, France-Cameroon), Kone Abdoul “Aziz Siten’k” Bambara Dioula (Artist & Event Organizer, Ivory Coast-Mali), Dorine van Norren (Phd student at Universities of Tilburg and Amsterdam & Advisory Council on International Relations, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands) & Samira Rafaela (Entrepreneur & Democrats 66 Board Advisor on Migration & Asylum, Curacao-The Netherlands-Ghana)

Meet the moderator and panelists (PDF)



15:00 #letslook: “Little dark inside” an expressive film of a Syrian artist in The Netherlands

15:06 Opening Remarks: Dr. Prof. Mirjam de Bruijn, Voice4Thought Founder/Director, African Studies Centre Leiden/ Leiden University  

15:20 #letslisten: “Perpetual Motion” by Dr. Irial Glynn, Migration Historian,  Leiden University

15: 40 #letstalk: Panel Discussion, moderated by MARINA DIBOMA, Head of External Affairs and International Cooperation of the Dutch-African Business Council (NBAC)

17:00 Questions and Answers

17:20 Closing Remarks: Dr. Irial Glynn, Migration Historian, Leiden University

17:30 Dinner Reception & Concert in Scheltema


Lipsius building, room 019
15.00 -17.00
free entrance

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