International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Colleen Thouez

Director

Welcoming and Integrated Societies Division at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) in New York

Bio

Ms. Thouez directs the Welcoming and Integrated Societies Division at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) in New York since 2018. Prior, she held leadership positions at the United Nations in the fields of adult education and international migration. She headed the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in New York from 2004 to 2010. She served as director of policy research for the Global Commission on International Migration, spearheaded by Kofi Annan in Geneva in 2003. In the last years, she has championed both the role of cities and of universities in promoting social inclusion. She catalyzed the creation of the Mayors Migration Council in 2018. Her work with cities has been featured by Reuters, the Associated Press, TED Ideas, and WNYC.

Dr. Thouez is a Montreal native. She obtained her MA from McGill University and PhD from Tufts University.