Biographies of the key Policy Speakers at the conference


Giuliano Amato

Giuliano Amato is Emeritus Professor of the EUI in Florence and gives yearly seminars at the Law School of the N.Y. Columbia University. He chairs the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana and the Center for American Studies in Rome. He also chairs the International Advisory Board of the Fondazione Italiani Europei.

He has been a member of the Italian Parliament for 18 years, under Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office, Minister for the Treasury, Minister for Constitutional Reforms, Minister of Interior, Deputy Prime Minister and twice Prime Minister (in 1992/1993 and in 2000/2001). He also headed the Italian Antitrust Authority from 1994 to 1997 and was Vice-President of the Convention on the Future of Europe (2002/2003) and Chairman of the International Commission on the Balkans, sponsored in 2005 by the Bosch Stiftung, the German Marshall Fund, the King Baudouin Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation.


Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff is the Chairman and Co-Founder of The Chertoff Group, providing high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. He is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.

He served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 – 2009. Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, he served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.



Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke is Visiting Professor in Economics and Migration at University College London and a fellow at CReAM since 2012.

Since 2011, Charles has been a member of the Transatlantic Council on Migration, which is a project of the Migration Policy Institute. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Schengen White List Project, which is run by the European Stability Initiative. He is also a Council member of the European Council for Foreign Relations and a member of the Steering Group of the Apeldoorn Conference which stimulates dialogue between the UK and Holland.

As Home Secretary from 2004-06 he had direct responsibility for Migration, including the February 2005 White Paper, “Controlling our Borders: Making Migration Work for Britain” (Cm 6472).

Marina del Corral Tellez

Marina del Corral Téllez, current General Secretary of Inmigration and Emigration, was born in Vélez-Málaga (Málaga) in 1964. She is married and has three sons.
She graduated in Law from the University of Granada, she has a Master’s Degree in European Communities from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and graduated in Management and Administration of Foundations and Non-profit organizations from the New York University (School of Continuing Studies).

She started working as legal advisor of the NGO CIPIE where its main function was the integration of the Latin American population in Spain. She has worked as associated laywer in the office of Cuatrecasas, both in its headquarters of Brussels and Barcelona and, for years, she was responsible of the Legal Services in Spain in the multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis.

Since January 2012, Marina del Corral is General Secretary of Immigration and Emigration (Ministry of Employment and Social Security) and she is in charge of developing Government migration policy in terms of immigration, integration and Spanish citizens (residing) abroad. Among other tasks, the General Secretariat drafts laws and regulations related to the fields of immigration and emigration, takes part in the preparation and implementation of European legislation and carries out the technical coordination of the Offices of Foreigners in the provinces.

Furthermore, the General Secretariat designs and implements measures to promote the social integration of immigrants and asylum seekers. Specifically, it provides grants to public and private institutions and is involved in the management of European Union funds. Regarding emigration, it is responsible, among other measures, for the protection of Spanish citizens residing abroad and returnees managing grants, providing benefits and care allowance.

Christian Dustmann

Christian Dustmann is Professor at the Department of Economics, University College London. He is Director of CReAM, the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration, and scientific Director of the Norface programme on migration. He is a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a research associate of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

His main research interests are in population economics (migration, economics of the family), and labour economics (education, wage structures, and earnings mobility), and he has widely published in these areas.

Mark Easton

Mark Easton has been the Home Editor of BBC News reporting across the Corporation's range of platforms since 2004. As an editor, Easton appears mainly on the evening bulletins, BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten, as well as BBC Radio 4 programmes including Today. Easton also maintains a blog on the BBC News website.

In 1986 Easton joined the BBC as a reporter on London Plus, BBC Breakfast News, Newsnight and Here and Now. In 1996 Easton joined the newly launched Channel Five as Political Editor for Five News. Easton then moved in 1998 to Channel 4 News as Home and Social Affairs Editor.

He joined his local newspaper, the Southern Evening Echo, in 1979 having decided upon a career in journalism after winning a game of Waddington's "Scoop" aged 13. He worked at Radio Victory from 1980-1, at Radio Aire from 1981-2 and at LBC from 1982-6.
Malcolm Grant

Malcolm Grant has been President and Provost of UCL since 2003, and was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor of Cambridge, he is a fellow of Clare College. Born and educated in New Zealand, he is an environmental lawyer and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. He has published extensively in environmental law, urban planning and local government law. He was appointed CBE for his services in these areas in 2003.

He is the founding chair of the NHS Commissioning Board, a new independent body to which the Government has transferred the budget for the NHS in England, with responsibility for bringing about significant long-term improvements in health outcomes for the population.
He is currently a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Hong Kong University Grants Committee, the UK Trade and Investment Strategy Board; a governor of the Ditchley Foundation and the London Business School, and he has recently been elected President of the Council for the Assistance of Academic refugees (CARA), he is also a British Business Ambassador.
Cecilia Malmström

Cecilia Malmström is the European Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs including EU work on police cooperation, border control, asylum and migration, since February 2010. She is in charge of the EU's fight against serious international crime and human trafficking. She is also working to establish a common European asylum and migration policy.

She was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2006, working mainly on foreign affairs, human rights, EU enlargement and constitutional issues. After the Swedish national elections of 2006, she was appointed EU minister. In 2009, she coordinated the preparatory work and the implementation of the Swedish Presidency of the EU.
David Metcalf

David Metcalf is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and the Australian National University.

He has been Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) since its establishment in 2007. During this time MAC has produced twenty major reports for the Government. These analyse, for example, the impact of immigration, limits on skilled worker immigration and labour shortages.

He was a member of the Low Pay Commission from its formation in 1997 until 2007. This is the body that recommends the level of the national minimum wage to Government. Presently he is a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body which recommends pay for judges, top military, senior civil servants, and senior NHS managers.
Trevor Phillips

Trevor is the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Commission inherited the work of the previous equality commissions on disability, gender and race in October 2007 and also has responsibility for the new areas of age, religion and belief, sexual orientation, transgender and the promotion of human rights and good relations.
Trevor's previous appointment was as Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) from 1 March 2003.

Born in London in 1953, Trevor attended secondary school in Georgetown, Guyana, and studied chemistry at Imperial College London. Between 1978 and 1980, he was president of The National Union of Students. He then went into broadcasting, becoming Head of Current Affairs at LWT in 1992. Trevor received awards from the Royal Television Society in 1988, 1993 and 1998.

He was elected a member of the Greater London Authority in May 2000, and became chair of the London Assembly later that month.
Jonathan Portes

Jonathan Portes is Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Previously, he was Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office, where he advised the Cabinet Secretary, Gus O’Donnell, and Number 10 Downing Street on economic and financial issues. Before that he held a number of other senior economic policy posts in the UK government. His particular interests include immigration, labour markets, and poverty. Mr Portes began his civil service career in HM Treasury in 1987. He writes regularly for the national and international press, and blogs at and is on twitter at @jdportes.

Peter Sutherland

Mr Sutherland is Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (1995 - current). He is currently UN Special Representative for Migration and Development and is Chairman of the London School of Economics. He serves on the Boards of Koc Holding A.S. and BW Group Limited and is also on the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE.

Of Irish nationality he was born on 25th April 1946 and was educated at Gonzaga College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. Prior to his current positions, Mr Sutherland served as Attorney General of Ireland (1981-1984); EC Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy (1985-1989); Chairman of Allied Irish Banks (1989-1993) and Director General of GATT and then of The World Trade Organisation (1993-1995). Mr Sutherland was Chairman of BP plc (1997 - 2009).