Innovation Management Team

An innovation management team consisting of representatives of BICC and ICMPD has also been established to support the development of procedures to turn innovative approaches, which have been identified for the project, into tasks as part of the overall management of the Plan for Dissemination and Exploitation of Results (PDER).

Dr. Benjamin Etzold (BICC)

Dr. Benjamin Etzold is a social geographer and migration scholar with more than 13 years of experience in studying people’s vulnerability and livelihoods, trajectories of migration and displacement, as well as informal labour relations and patterns of food security. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Bonn. In TRAFIG, he serves as the scientific coordinator and undertakes empirical research in Pakistan and Ethiopia.

Maarit Thiem (BICC)

Maarit Thiem attained her Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Cologne. Her Master’s Thesis analysed the situation of internally displaced people living in Guatemala City. Before joining BICC, Maarit Thiem managed the Global Nexus Secretariat at GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), which is the global hub for an EU/BMZ co-funded programme on the Water-Energy-Food Security (WEF) Nexus. Before her assignment at the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme, she worked in Namibia for the GIZ Land Reform Programme as an integrated expert for the Legal Assistance Centre LAC and for the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change at the United Nations University. Maarit Thiem is the Project Coordinator for the TRAFIG project.

Malin Frankenhaeuser (ICMPD)

Malin Frankenhaeuser (f) is Head of Policy at ICMPD, where she leads a team who engage in analytical and advisory functions across a range of salient migration policy issues. The current portfolio includes projects on migration governance, monitoring and evaluation, asylum and international protection, labour migration as well as integration and social cohesion. She engages in the international migration policy debate, keeping abreast of the major policy trends and processes in Europe and globally, and leads the organisation’s engagement and dialogue with migration policy stakeholders, particularly its Member and Partner States. From 2012 to 2017, Malin was in charge of Migration & Development in ICMPD. Malin holds a Master of Social Science in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University.

Marion Noack (ICMPD)

Marion Noack (f) holds a university degree in International Development Studies with a focus on migration from the University of Vienna. After her studies during which she participated in civil society projects in Tanzania and Kenya, she worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and joined ICMPD in 2011 to work on several projects in the area of migration policy. She has been involved in research studies on environmentally induced migration, migration and development policies, migrant and diaspora organisations and regional mobility in West Africa. In addition, she was involved and led policy development projects involving a range of governmental stakeholders in Turkey, Georgia and Austria and provided expertise to migration dialogues supported by ICMPD, particularly in the framework of the project “Support to the Africa-EU Migration and Mobility Dialogue”.

Professor Dr Nuno Ferreira

Nuno Ferreira is a Professor of Law. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Nuno did his undergraduate law studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and University of Bologna (Italy), is a member of the Portuguese Bar and carried out his doctoral studies at the University of Bremen. Nuno uses socio-legal, comparative, empirical and policy-oriented perspectives in his work. Nuno Ferreira is a Horizon 2020 ERC Starting Grant recipient and co-director of the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research.