Markos Karavias – Director of the Asylum Service of the Hellenic Republic
Dr. Markos Karavias is the Director of the Asylum Service of the Hellenic Republic. Prior to the Service, Dr Karavias worked as an Assistant Professor in International Law at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam. Between 2014 and 2016, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Amsterdam on a project funded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. He has in the past acted as a Special Adviser to the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Hellenic Republic, as well as a Member of the Asylum Appeals Committees of the Hellenic Republic under Presidential Decree 114/2010.
Dr Karavias holds a law degree and a Master’s in International Studies from the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as a Magister Juris (Distinction), a Master of Philosophy in Law, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on questions of international law, including refugee and human rights law.
Dr Karavias has qualified with the Athens Bar Association and has served as counsel on human rights and refugee law cases.
Dr. Federico Soda - IOM’s Director of the Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, Chief of Mission to Italy and Malta, Representative to the Holy See
Federico Soda is the Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome, where he is responsible for IOM activities in Italy, Malta and the Representative to the Holy See. He works closely with policy makers, think-tanks, academia and civil society on a broad range of policy and programming issues.
Before assuming this position in October 2014, he was the Head of the Labour Migration and Human Development Division at IOM headquarters from June 2010 to September 2014. In that capacity he oversaw IOM's activities in the areas of labour migration, integration and migration and development.
From 2005 to June 2010, Federico worked on labour migration, migration and development, and policy at IOM's Regional Office for Southeast Asia in Bangkok, Thailand.
Federico worked with IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2005) and Myanmar (2008).
Before joining IOM, he practiced labour and employment law with McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto, Canada.