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16th November 2015 - Social Impact Week - Panel Discussion:

"Refugee Relief in Action"


The panel discussion co-organised by the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre and the INDEVOR student club, took place on Monday 16th November, 2015 from 19.15 - 20.15 /Amphi Dean Berry (Ground Floor, South Wing) on Europe Campus in Fontainebleau.

Panellists were: Caroline Watson, Founder, Hua Dan and The Scheherazade Initiatives and

Nathanael Molle, Co-Founder and Director, SINGA.


Refugees from around the world are finding themselves in new countries facing numerous barriers as they seek to begin new lives. Bringing together the diversity of INSEADers, we seek to consider how business can facilitate the integration of refugees and migrants. We heared from two social entrepreneurs whose organisations have identified unique ways to facilitate this process and, of course, open the floor to discussion.


Biography Nathanael Molle

From Thailand to Morocco, via Sri Lanka, Nathanael Molle has always been committed to the society in which he lived. This civic fiber, it owes much to his experiences at events such as the Tsunami, which marked his childhood. Formed in international and European law, he worked in Morocco in a legal aid organization for refugees. It is there that he found his career path. Back in France, he co-founded Singa, an ambitious project to bring real solutions to various barriers to the integration of refugees in host countries. This is the launch of an international movement.

Biography Caroline Watson

Caroline is the founder and director of Hua Dan, one of China’s first and leading social enterprises.  Hua Dan uses the power of participation in drama-based workshops to reveal and develop individual and community potential. Hua Dan has a particular focus on working with China's rural-to-urban migrant workers, particularly women, who work in the manufacturing and service industries, at the heart of China’s economic boom. She is also the founder of the The Scheherazade Initiatives, which include replicating the Hua Dan model in other parts of the world and providing consulting and speaking services to companies and institutions globally.

The Annual Fleet Forum Conference 2015

The Fleet Forum was formed in 2003 to encourage, facilitate, and develop relationships between humanitarian aid and development organizations around the world. It serves to engage all the various stakeholders that play a role in road safety and fleet efficiency in dialogue and shared activities that will help save lives.
The INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group (HRG) has been involved with the Fleet Forum since 2004, looking at how cross-learning between the private and humanitarian sectors can benefit both parties.

At this year’s Fleet Forum Conference (3-4 June 2015), hosted by the World Food Programme in Rome, the HRG presented research on fleet management which it had carried out over the last 14 years. Luk Van Wassenhove, its academic leader, delivered a presentation on “Perspectives on Fleet Management Capacity Building” and together with Nathan Kunz hosted a workshop on “How to Impact Management Performance by Building Fleet Management Capacity”. These opened the way to a debate in which NGOs, international organizations, the UN, academic institutions, donors, and corporate partners exchanged experiences, insights and ideas. Read more


The European Refugee Crisis: A Shameful Lack of Integration

By Luk N. Van Wassenhove, Academic Director INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group

Migration has become a fact of life. Nevertheless, Europe is clearly shockingly unprepared to deal with the current wave of migrants knocking at its doors. We see people cheering and applauding refugees at one place and xenophobic manifestations somewhere else. We see borders being opened enthusiastically and being closed suddenly soon thereafter.

What can we learn from what we are currently doing? In fact, quite a lot since we do very little and what we do bears no evidence of a rational response. To avoid turning the current refugee and assimilation crisis into a later integration crisis, European member countries need a systemic and coordinated response involving ministries of education, integration, employment and health, as well as all other stakeholders. Read more..

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