[Workshop] Fostering refugee inclusion: Insights from NGOs, employers, and academic initiatives 

Date and Location: Thursday November 30th from 09:00 to 16:00 in Paris la Défense campus



IÉSEG is organizing a workshop on Fostering Refugee Inclusion. The aim of this event is to bring together key experts – academics and practitioners from the private and public sectors – to share knowledge and shed light on how to effectively include refugees into the French labor market as employees or entrepreneurs?

Addressing the complex challenges inherent in supporting refugees requires a multidisciplinary perspective. By bridging the gap between theory and practice, the conference will spark interesting ideas and timely debates put forth by different stakeholders. 

The event will create an opportunity for our business school community to contribute their expertise and resources to refugee inclusion, aligning with our commitment to social responsibility and sustainable development. Organizing an event of this nature aligns with our mission to drive societal change through impactful research and engagement.

We seek to establish a collaborative network of academics, practitioners, and students passionate about exploring and implementing strategies to foster refugee inclusion.

  • It is important to note that English will be the primary language of communication during presentations and discussions 
  • Registration is free, but compulsory, and open until November 22, 2023 at 11:30 p.m.


  • 09:00 – 09:30   Welcome coffee
  • 09:30 – 09:45   Workshop opening and introduction by Farah KODEIH
  • 09:45 – 10:15
    > Broad overview of challenges and opportunities in refugee inclusion by keynote speaker Celine SCHMITT – Head of External Relations & Spokesperson at UNHCR in Paris.
  • 10:15 – 11:00
    > Panel discussion 1: Fostering employment and employability of refugees.
    Antoine de CLERCK – Volunteer and activist, Previous head of sustainable and responsible marketing at Orange.
    Samentha GOETHALS – Assistant professor at Skema Business School.
    Karam HASSAN – Project manager at Fondation L’Oreal.
    Yasmine LEROUX – Country director at Tent partnership for refugees.
    Augustin ROGY – Employment advisor at Diair, Délégation interministérielle à l’accueil et à l’intégration des réfugiés.
  • 11:00 – 11:30     Coffee break
  • 11:30 – 12:30
    > Panel discussion 2: Supporting refugees’ entrepreneurial journeys.
    Anastasia KOPTSYUKH – Doctoral researcher at Aalto University, Finland.
    Gorgi KRLEV – Associate professor of strategy at ESCP Business School.
    Souad NANAA – Founder and Director of Sama for All
    Rooh SAVAR – President of SINGA and founder of Welcome Place.

    > Panel discussion 3: Building human capital and fostering inclusion of refugees in the workplace.
    Simone MORICONI – Professor of economics at IESEG, and director of IFLAME.
    Firmin LANDRÉ – Project Manager for the Refugee Student Program, École des Ponts ParisTech
    Raphaelle THIRION – Senior program manager at Humando.
    Lise WERLE – Country Equality, diversity and inclusion leader at IKEA.
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Networking lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:30 
    > Design thinking workshop facilitated by Joanna SERAPHIM and Alejandro AMEZCUA
    > Focus: How can we work better together to foster refugees’ inclusion in our society ?
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Networking coffee.

We look forward to welcoming you to this timely event at the heart of Paris La Défense.

[Organizing Committee: Farah Kodeih and ICOR]
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