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On the 24 November 2017, the Kaldor Centre hosted its fourth annual conference, ‘The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration’. This is a podcast of the third panel discussion entitled 'Global Compacts: Process, content and expectations'.

A full program, along with conference papers and presentations, can be found here.

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Professor Elizabeth Ferris, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University
Recorded: 24 November 2017

About the Speaker(s)

Madeline Garlick is Chief of the Protection Policy and Legal Advice Section in the Division of International Protection at UNHCR in Geneva. She was previously responsible for UNHCR’s liaison to the EU institutions from 2004–13. She served with the UN in Cyprus, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, dealing with legal issues related to the rights of displaced people. She has worked with the Open Society Foundations, and the Centre for Migration Law at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She teaches on an occasional basis at Sciences Po in Paris and at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford. Dr Garlick holds a PhD from Radboud University, a Masters degree in law from the University of Cambridge, and Arts and Laws (Honours) degrees from Monash University. She is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria.

Jamie Isbister joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in January 2009 and has over 20 years of experience working in the humanitarian and development field. Mr Isbister is the First Assistant Secretary of the Humanitarian, NGOs and Partnerships Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to this he was Minister Counsellor Development for Africa based in Pretoria, and Assistant Director General for the Africa and Middle East Branch of AusAID. He was also the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Australian government between January 2009 and October 2010. Before joining government, he worked in a range of international policy and development positions with NGOs including as the International Programs Director for Caritas Australia from 2001–08. In 2004, he coordinated the initial assessment and response efforts of Caritas International’s network in Aceh following the Asian Tsunami. He has worked for the Action by Church Together network and was the International Director for ACT – Australia from 1998–2001. In the late 1990s, he worked in the Asia- Pacific region, particularly in Cambodia, Burma and Thailand, on refugee policy and internal displacement.

Rifaie Tammas is a PhD candidate and tutor at Macquarie University. His research interests include foreign intervention, social movements and collective violence. He holds a Bachelor degree in English Literature and a Master of Research in Security Studies. Between 2012 and 2013, he worked as a citizen journalist reporting on the conflict from Syria. In mid–2013, Mr Tammas was forced to leave Syria following a government-led military campaign against his hometown. Once in Turkey, he worked in international development for two years before arriving in Sydney in mid–2015. He has been interviewed by, and featured in, many media outlets including the BBC, The Independent, Al Jazeera English, and Syria Direct. He has also contributed several articles to the ABC, Middle East Monitor and Syria Witness.

David Wilden is the First Assistant Secretary of the Immigration and Citizenship Policy Division in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. He is responsible for policy development and advice for temporary and permanent visas in the skilled, family, and humanitarian programmes, as well as the citizenship, status resolution and community protection areas. Prior to this Mr Wilden was Assistant Secretary for the Economic Mobility Branch focusing on economic migration through both permanent temporary programmes. From 2009 to 2012, he was Regional Director, Europe, based in London, responsible for delivering regional outcomes in one of Australia’s biggest markets for migrants as well as managing Australia’s relationships with the UK government and the EU, including member States. Over the course of his career Mr Wilden has worked in a range of departments and agencies including Centrelink and the Public Service Commission, and across functional areas as diverse as IT and Human Resource Management. He has a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and a Masters of Business Administration.

The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.