• 25th-26th October, 2017
  • Station F, Paris

Techfugees Global Summit's Previous Speakers

George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece
As Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou was at the forefront of the global financial crisis and, through complex and difficult negotiations Read more...

Aurélien Taché

Member of the National Assembly
As a "La République En Marche" MP, Aurélien Taché is currently leading a parliamentary mission on the integration of migrants in France.  

Axelle Lemaire

Former Innovation Minister in the French Government
A French and Canadian citizen, Axelle Lemaire worked in the French Governement as Minister for Read more...

Antoine Jouteau

CEO, leboncoin (Schibsted Media Group)
Antoine Jouteau, currently CEO at Leboncoin, has been with the company for eight years, with special focus on marketing and sales. Read more...

Mike Butcher

Chairman of Techfugees,
Editor at Large, TechCrunch

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is 'Editor At Large' of TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s Read more...

Josephine Goube

CEO, Techfugees
Nominated two times in a row by Forbes as one of the top 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur in 2016 and 2018, Joséphine is an hacktivist for migrants Read more...

Vaughn Hester

Community Partnerships, Facebook
Vaughn Hester works to empower online communities as part of the Community Partnerships team at Facebook. Her Read more...

Rania Ali

Documentary: ‘Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey’
In 2016 I fled Syria to Europe. When I decided to take the trip I also decided to document my Journey, which in the beginning Read more...

Tom Hayton

Global Creative Director, Techfugees
Tom Hayton is a creative director, film maker, photographer and consultant. He's heavily involved in Read more...

Raphaël Sarkar

Software Developer
Raphaël Sarkar is a software developer and volunteer of Techfugees France. He is currently a student at 'Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers' where he is specialising in 'Computation for Design and Optimization'

Tobias Stone

Advisory Board Techfugees
Tobias chairs the Advisory Board of Techfugees. He has worked in economic development, with the Soros Foundation, Read more...

Hassan Akkad

Film Maker, Exodus
Hassan Akkad is a film maker and an activist from Damascus, Syria. Hassan fled Syria after being Read more...

Mathieu Lefevre

Co-founder of More in Common & Director of More In Common France
Mathieu Lefèvre is a co-founder of More in Common and director of More In Common France. More In Common is a new effort to Read more...

Rodney Boot

Co-Founder, Tikktalk
Rodney Boot is the CDO and co-founder of TikkTalk, an online marketplace for interpretation services. He has co-created Read More...

John Ralston Saul

Essayist & Novelist. Co-Chair at Institute for Canadian Citizenship
John Ralston Saul is an award-winning essayist and novelist, considered Canada’s Read More...

Niall Dennehy

Chief Operations Officer, Aid:Tech
Niall is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of AID:Tech. AID:Tech’s mission is to bring social and financial Read more...

Céline Schmitt

Senior Public Information Officer, Spokesperson, Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR)
Born in France, Céline has worked with UNHCR since 2007 in Geneva Read more...

Gabo Arora

Founder and Creative Director, LightShed
Gabo Arora is an award-winning filmmaker and Founder & Creative Director of LightShed, a virtual reality and social impact start-up. Read more...

Aziza Osman

Board member, Jusoor
Aziza is one of the leadership team members serving on the board of Jusoor, an international NGO supporting Syria’s development and helping its youth realize their potential through programs in the fields of education Read more..

Ahmad Al Hanandeh

CEO, ZAIN Jordan
Chief Executive Officer with a passion for Technology, Entrepreneurship, Customer Experience and Innovation. International experience combined with a strategic mindset and a focus Read more...

Ben Siegel

Impact Policy Manager, ConsenSys
Ben Siegel is the Impact Policy Manager at ConsenSys. He is working on bringing blockchain technology into humanitarian work. After spending time Read more...

Vanessa Grellet

Executive Director Strategy, Enterprise & Social Impact, Consensys
Vanessa Grellet is a Global Executive with over 17 years of expertise in the Financial Services and Tech industry. At ConsenSys Read more...

Marko Oroz

Managing Director, Refugee Open Ware
Marko Oroz is the Managing Director at Refugee Open Ware (ROW), a social enterprise that harnesses advanced technology to reduce suffering and accelerate Read more...

Zahra Shah

Program Manager at Iraq Re-Coded
Zahra is Re:Coded's Program Manager in Erbil, Iraq where she runs the day-to-day operations. She previously worked as a Community Engagement Manager Read More...

Ahmad Sufian Bayram

MEA Regional Manager at Techstars & Co-Managing Director at Jusoor
Ahmad Sufian Bayram is a Syrian social entrepreneurship. He works as the Middle East and Africa Read more...

Ben Mason

betterplace lab
Ben Mason works at betterplace lab, a non-profit think-tank in Berlin. He leads the lab's research on digital technology for Read More...

Alexandra Amouyel

Executive Director, Solve
Alex Amouyel is the Executive Director of Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Read More...

Benjamin Hounsell

Director of Strategy & Head of Implementation Research, Samuel Hall East Africa
Dr Benjamin Hounsell is Director of Strategy and Head of Implementation Research at Samuel Hall, Read More...

Fatema Hammami

Technical mentor, RBK (rebootkamp)
I am a software engineer who graduated from a coding boot camp (RBK) in Jordan, with a background in computer science that didn't really help me to even build a web application Read more...

Jenny Casswell

Disaster Response Programme, GSMA
Jenny works in GSMA’s Disaster Response programme which works with the mobile industry and humanitarian partners to improve Read More...

Michael Neuman

Director of studies, Crash / Médecins sans Frontières
Director of studies at Crash / Médecins sans Frontières, Michaël Neuman graduated in Contemporary History and International Relations (University Paris-I). Read More...

Ida Faldbakken

Partner, Nordic Impact
Ida Faldbakken, partner at the impact investment company Nordic Impact. Ida has co-founded of Katapult Future Fest, "Jenter Koder" - (Girls Code), Read More...

Elizabeth, Schaeffer Brown

Co-founder, Uncommon Union & Partner, Moreno Ocampo
Elizabeth is a resource mobilization and communications professional focused on projects designed to counter violent extremism. Read more...

Louisa Mesnard

Cofounder Citron & Textfugees
Franco-Irish, Louisa Mesnard is the Co-Founder of Citron, a virtual friend that recommends places to go to. Looking for a place is personalized Read More...

Hila Cohen

International Business Development Lead, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
International Business Development Lead at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Read More...

Ionna Theodorou

Founder, Campfire Innovation
Ioanna Theodorou uses the startup mentality to reimagine how social impact can be achieved. In 2015, she became involved in the refugee crisis in Greece as a volunteer aid coordinator. She then Read More...

Anders Hammer

Director and Producer of the documentary: ”Escape from Syria, Rania’s Odyssey”
Norwegian filmmaker and journalist. Director of "Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey" and "Our Allies”. This year Read more...

Catherina Ballout

Chief Operating Officer, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab
Catherina Ballout is the Chief Operating Officer at MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab overseeing the strategic direction and the expansion of its programs.  Read More...

Bertier Luyt

Managing Director, Techstar
Bertier Luyt is a professional maker-entrepreneur, creative technologist, self educated, father of two kids. Bertier is a serial entrepreneur and an advocate of empowerment, Read More...

Tharald Nustad

Founder, Nordic Impact
Tharald Nustad is a tech entrepreneur and investor focusing on impact business. He is the founder of Nordic Impact, which incubates and invests in impact tech startups and funds. He has also been Read More...

Samira Sohail


Host of Samira Stalks podcast Samira Sohail works at the intersection of technology and media. Samira is a consultant to startups and has been a VC investor. Read more...

Robert Barr

Founder & CEO, Jobs4refugees
Robert Barr founded Jobs4refugees in late 2015. As CEO he is responsible for strategic direction, cooperations, program development and finances. Robert holds Read More...

Jay Corless

Senior Advisor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jay scouts and scales start-ups that advance the SDGs. He currently coordinates the annual UN Solutions Summit Read More...

Anna Robson

CEO & Co-Founder, Refugee Talent
Anna Robson is CEO & Co- Founder of Refugee Talent - an online employment platform matching refugees with employment opportunities in Read More...
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Mayel de Borniol

Independent volunteer
Mayel is the go-to technical volunteer for many grassroots solidarity organisations in Greece. Aside from GetAcross, an app he created to help refugees freely communicate across language barriers, Read more...

Angelina Lamy

Accenture Foundation General Delegate
After 5 years as a consultant in digital transformation for insurance companies, I took a year off to work for non profit organizations in South-East Asia. When I came back, Read more...

Myriam Mwizerwa

Resettlement and Integration, The United Nations Migration Agency (IOM)
Myriam Mwizerwa is part of IOM UK Integration and Resettlement team. Her work focuses on labour market integration for beneficiaries Read more...

Kivanc Cubukcu

Principal, Kois Invest
Kivanc is a principal at KOIS Invest, a pioneering impact investing and innovative finance firm headquartered in Brussels. Among other responsibilities, Kivanc leads the firm’s innovative finance work Read more...

Gijs Corstens

Founder, HackYourFuture
Gijs Corstens is the Director and Founder of HackYourFuture, a coding school for refugees in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and the UK. HackYourFuture is a community Read More...

Marwan Elfitesse

Startup Relations Director Station F
Previously in the videogames industry at Ubisoft, Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft France and Nimbula (startup acquired by Oracle) in the Silicon Valley. Currently in charge of Station F's Read More...

Guillaume Bregeras

Journalist in charge of startups,
Les Echos

After journalism studies, Guillaume cofunded So What, a print/online media about music. Then he worked as a Read more...

Megan Clement

Managing Editor, Women & Girls News Deeply
Megan Clement is managing editor of Women  Girls at News Deeply. She has broad experience covering human rights, gender, development, Read More...

Nina Tammisto

Digital Strategist, MONI

Mike Zuckerman

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Hanieh Hadizadeh

Board member, Action Emploi Refugiés