Parallel Session 1.1 - Mayors driving job creation, partnerships with the private sector, and sustainable livelihoods
One of the most significant elements of local response to migration and displacement is to create employment opportunities for migrants and refugees to make them more resilient in the face of social and economic impacts of migration. Considering the need for migrants and refugees’ integration into economy particularly without hampering the host communities’ opportunities, the efforts of local governments and the partnerships with the private sector are of great importance.
This session addresses the role of local governance actors in ensuring refugees’ and migrants’ access to jobs and employment opportunities at the local level. The session investigates how municipalities have been successful in collaborating with the private sector to create opportunities for formalization and integration of informal workers and thereby guarantee decent livelihoods, especially for women who are often over-represented in the informal sector.
This session is structured around the following questions: How can local partners expand and create formal job opportunities for both refugees and migrants as well as host communities? What are good practice examples of partnership models with the private sector to support this process? What is the role of new technologies in fostering new economic opportunities such as online platforms?
Chairman of the Syrian Businessmen and Entrepreneurs Organization (SIAD)
Khaled Bablli was born in 1966 in Aleppo, Syria. He graduated from University of Aleppo in 1989 as civil engineer. Mr. Bablli is the is the Chairman of the Syrian businessmen and entrepreneurs Organization (SIAD). His work aims to spread the culture of entrepreneurship to Syrian entrepreneurs and provide job opportunities for fresh graduate students through entrepreneurship programs. Besides, Mr. Bablli has also been the Director of Arak Construction since 2013. He is married and father of four children.
Secretary General, TÜRKONFED
Arda Batu completed his high school education at The Browning High School, he then studied Political Science and International Relations at Bosphorus University. He completed his internship at the European Parliament and attained his MA degree from Marmara University European Studies Institute. Arda Batu’s career began in 2004 at Yeditepe University’s Political Science & International Relations Department where he served as a research assistant. He transitioned to the corporate sector when he joined HB Consultancy Group in 2007 whilst continuing his affiliation with the university as a research assistant and lecturer. His keen interests in government relations and strategic communications led him to Istanbul-based regional corporate communications firm, StratejiCo. He joined Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation on June 2014 where he manages, promotes and advances the Confederation’s strategic interests. Arda Batu serves as an independent board member at Federal Mogul Izmit Piston, on the executive board of Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), advisory board of Co-opinoin, and the editorial board of Turkish Policy Quarterly.
Ayşegül Yalçın Eriş
Deputy General Coordinator, The Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM)
Ayşegül Yalçın Eriş is Deputy General Coordinator of the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM) which was established in 1995 in Ankara as an independent, impartial and non-profit association to assist refugees and asylum seekers living in Turkey. She is also General Secretary and Member of the Refugee Rights Working Group of Union of Turkish Bar Association. She graduated from the Ankara University School of Law. Before starting work with SGDD- ASAM, Ayşegül spent 15 years as a freelance lawyer for companies on intellectual property rights and as well as for the individuals on human rights. She started to work as a lawyer in the Protection Department at SGDD-ASAM and was then appointed as a project coordinator for the projects named ” Education Campus and Integrated Protection For The Syrian Refugees” and “Improve The Protection Mechanisms For Non-Syrian Asylum Seekers And Refugees Through Continuation Of Protection”. As of 2018, she took the role of Deputy General Coordinator for the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM). Ayşegül enjoys travelling and getting in touch with different cultures. She is a mother of two aged 13 and 9.
Mayor of Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Šuhret Fazlić was born on 17th April 1961 in Bihac. He graduated from the Political Science Department of the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo in 1985. He holds a master’s degree in human resources management and the title of Certified Human Resources Specialist from the Michigan State University. As part of his residency in the United States, he did internships at the Michigan State Department of the Office of Grait Workplace Development, where he did research in the area of pay models, that is, motivating civil servants, workplace stress issues, and succession in government and small and medium-sized family businesses. So far, he has published two scientific papers in the field of management. During the war 1992 – 1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Fazlić was a member of the 5th Corps Command of the BiH Army. He has an extensive work and management experience in private and public companies and international organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Head of the OHR Regional Office, Advisor to the Mayor of Bihac, Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Una Sana Canton, Director of the FBiH Privatization Agency, etc.). In the term of 1998 – 2000 he was a Member of the Assembly of the Una Sana Canton, and in the term of 2000 – 2002 he was a Member of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Federation of BiH. In the 2008 local elections, as well as in 2012, he was elected a municipal councilor in the Bihać Municipal Council. At the local elections in 2016 he was elected the Mayor of Bihac.
Head of Policy and Advocacy, Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative
Gordon Noble is Head of Policy and Advocacy at the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. Previously Gordon was Director of Investments and Economy at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, and was responsible for investment strategy and stakeholder relations, focusing on issues such as financial system stability, infrastructure, innovation, capital markets and fixed interest markets. Gordon worked for the secretariat of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and founded the Responsible Investment Academy with the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, an online training platform that educates investors on incorporating environmental, social and governance issues into investment processes that is now the PRI Academy. As Managing Director Asia Pacific for Inflection Point Capital Management, a sustainability focused investment management business, Gordon was responsible for client engagement, research and communications. Gordon is a member of UNHCR for Australia’s Program Committee.
Mayor of Vitosha, Sofia, Bulgaria
Teodor Petkov has been the Mayor of Vitosha since 2015. Mr. Petkov has been re-elected for the Mayor’s post in October 2019. He is an engineer. He is married and father of one daughter.
Chairperson of the Board, Gaziantep Chamber of Industry
Adnan Ünverdi was born in 1962 in Gaziantep. He graduated from middle school and high school in Gaziantep. In 1983, he completed the Department of Business at Cukurova University’s Economics and Administrative Sciences Faculty.
He started his career in 1986 with cotton trade. He and his team achieved the production of first plastic door and window with the brand of Plaspen Plastic Co. Ldt. In 1990. He continued the production of plastic doors and windows since 2006 with his company named Ünplast. Since 2006, he has been continuing the production with chemical blend granules.
Between the years 1997-1999, He became a Board Member of Gaziantep Young Businessmen Association. Between 2004-2009, he served as Accounting Member of Gaziantep Free Trade Zone. Since 1999, Mr. Ünverdi has been serving in the Gaziantep Chamber of Industry where he performed the duties of Board Member and Accounting Member and he recently works as the Chairperson of the Board. Mr. Ünverdi is also a Member of Council at The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey and Gaziantep Tennis Club.