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A panel discussion in the  context of the First Friday Oslo events, discussed how the STEAM & DesignHackathon outcomes, contribute to improving the well-being of refugees around the world. The events feature humanitarians, designers, social entrepreneurs and newcomers in Norway, who will give presentations and discuss with the public, innovative approaches in overcoming obstacles created by the world’s currently largest humanitarian crisis. Following the panel discussion, the audience and public will have the opportunity to navigate through the exhibition which will last until the end of February.


ANNA KOLBERG BUVERUD | Senior Advisor | University of Oslo | Norway

Anna Kolberg Buverud is Senior Advisor at the Office for International Relations and Research Support at the University of Oslo, Norway. She has worked in international cooperation at the university since 2002, most recently within international PhD collaboration. Since October 2015, she has been the project leader for the university's 'Academic Dugnad for Refugees'. The project team works closely with the university's leadership as well as other higher education institutions and government bodies in developing new practices for the academic inclusion of refugees into Norwegian higher education and research areas. Anna received her education from the University of Oslo and the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, and has a cand.philol. degree in African history and development studies, including Middle Eastern area studies.

SUSANNE SOHOLT | Research Professor | Oslo Metropolitan University | Norway

Susanne Søholt is a political scientist. During the last years she has been working with migration, integration and segregation in urban and rural areas. The main focus has been on integration and segregation in the housing market, but also in neighborhoods and in the labor market. Søholt is concerned with the different conditions for all categories of immigrants including asylum seekers, as well as the relationship between minorities and the majority. Søholt also works with how migration influences and changes the bigger society as well as urban and rural areas. To put Norwegian experiences in perspective, Søholt favor national and international comparative projects. Previously, Søholt has worked with participation and pilot projects as a method for change.

DR ELISA PASCUCCI | Postdoctoral Researcher | University of Tampere | Finland

ELISA PASCUCCI is Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tampere, Finland, and currently visiting researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Her research interests lie in two main areas: the spatialities and economies of refuge and humanitarian aid, and migrant and refugee political agency, including practices of transnational citizenship and collective mobilization and protests. She’s currently working on a 3-year project focusing on humanitarian economies and refugee economic subjectivities in responses to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, Lebanon and Greece. At PRIO, she’s affiliated postdoc in the project HUMBORDER project, led by Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert and funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project aims at developing a political sociology of the new humanitarian and border enforcement actors and practices emerged as a result of the so-called European “refugee crisis”. Elisa received her PhD in geography and migration studies from the University of Sussex, UK, and her first degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy.

TONE SELMER-OLSEN | Architect | Oslo School of Architecture | Norway

TONE SELMER- OLSEN is an architect MNAL and member of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s emergency standby roster, NORCAP. Tone has over seven years of experience from crisis response and humanitarian relief, and been deployed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Haiti, Nepal, and Macedonia. Tone has been running her own architectural practice since 2009, working with projects ranging from private housing to large scale culture buildings. Tone is currently teaching at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where she is responsible for the Master’s course In Transit which fouses on  new thinking and fresh approaches around the subject of "architecture in emergencies”.

ARIS PAPADOPOULOS | Founder & Director of Innovation | L A T R A | Greece

Aris Papadopoulos is a Humanitarian Entrepreneur & Founder of award-winning LATRA, the world’s first incubator situated inside a refugee camp in his native island of Lesbos.  LATRA specializes in education, innovation and entrepreneurship for the humanitarian sector, and its goal is to empower beneficiaries with 21st Century skills, in order to become directors of their lives and combat the adversities that they, and their communities face.  LATRA is the winner of the Global Be.Creative Challenge 2017, shortlisted for the prestigious ARUP Global Research Challenge Award, as well as the Network for Innovation and Creativity Europe Award. LATRA has also been awarded a Start-Up Grand and two Internationalization Programs from Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industries in the Netherlands, as well as a Culture & Art Program by the Nordic Council of Ministers. LATRA currently runs a Horizon2020 Research & Innovation Program, and delivers STEAM workshops to children and young adults residing in the refugee camps of Lesvos & Athens. 

LARS AALGAARD KINGSROD | Communications and Relations | PLEASED TO MEET YOU | Norway

After reading a newspaper story about the inhuman conditions in a refugee camp in Greece, Lars established Facebook contact with one of the Syrian refugees from the newspaper story to support him with various issues. This was the start of Lars’ engagement and he’s now active in the local integration scene in Stavanger where he lives. Pleased To Meet You Norway wants the voice of refugees in Norway to be heard. We believe that as humans, it is our responsibility to contribute to our own lives and that of others in a positive manner. We strive to build positive connections between refugees and residents of Norway. By letting refugees tell their stories, meet with local residents, we take away prejudice. We hope it will support the integration of refugees in Norway whilst being offered a warm welcome, from expected and unexpected directions. 


DANIEL ELHOMSI | Newcomer in Oslo |  Norway

Ex secretary of Syrian ambassador Nawaf Elfares - been in Norway since 2015 - public figure in social media pages for refugees. Social adviser for refugees and asylum seekers in Oslo and Akershus area - working volunteering with different humanitarian organizations / Refugees welcome Norway -Sønrdre Nordstrand / Mestringsguiden / Skeiv Verden.  Leader of Noah’s Ark inclusion project.


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