The topic of last year’s summit was Reform Refugee Response. We were joined by various diplomats, representatives from the United Nations, eminent architects, and academics from Harvard, Columbia, NYU amongst others, to present and discuss displacement issues faced by individuals living in refugee settlements.

Audience of the livestream can pose questions to our speakers via social media.


Keynote Speech  Justice Beyond Borders

Anthony Kwame Appiah   NYU Law and Philosophy Professor

Anthony Kwame Appiah is a British-born Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory and cosmopolitanism. He writes The Ethicist column for New York Times, and delivered BBC's Reith Lectures in late 2016. 


Nabeel Hamdi

Oxford Brooks and Harvard Graduate School of Design Professor

Philipp Charwath

Deputy Permanent Representative of Austrian Mission to the UN


Mohamad Hafez

Artist and Architect



Muzabel Welongo

Founder of SAVIC Africa

Will Kneerim

Director of Employment & Education Services Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)


Filiep Decorte

 Chief Director of UN Habitat New York


Ashraf El Nour

Director, IOM New York

Tim Mawe

Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland Mission to the UN

Kim Bode

Kim Bode

Community Editor at Refugees Deeply



Damaso Reyes

Senior Fellow at World Policy Institute




Erinn McGurn

Founder of SCALE Africa


Samar Sukkar

First Secretary of Jordan Mission to the UN



Nora Akawi

Director of Columbia GSAPP Studio-X Amman



Hadi Gharabaghi

Adjunct Professor, NYU Department of Cinema Studies


Fabienne Bartoli

Counsellor of French Mission to the UN



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Kaja Kühl

Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University GSAPP



Sergio Palleroni

Director of the National Center for Public Interest Design

Participants will also gain a working knowledge of the requirements for success in Ideation’s inaugural Refugee Marketplace Competition. As it stands, the competition received 342 proposals from 34 different countries all competing for a total of $30,000. We are anticipating an even bigger turnout for our next competition, whose topic has yet to be announced.

Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
New York University School of Law  
40 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012

Who should attend 2017 Ideation Summit?

Innovative minds who are curious about using an interdisciplinary approach to improve refugee settlements and livelihoods around the world. The Summit links young leaders from across disciplines to discuss and explore how bringing together the humanitarian facets of architecture and public administration and policy drives change-oriented leadership to solve one of the most pressing issues in the internal arena.

Is there a discounted for Early-Bird registration?

Yes, discounted rates are available for student (Early Bird: $10) and young professional (Early Bird: $25) by April 1st. For online registration and more information please visit our Eventbrite page.

I have a food allergy or preference, who should I talk to?

We'll do our absolute best to accommodate food allergies or preferences. Please notify us in advance by indicating your allergies during the registration process or by emailing us at

Where can I find information about sponsoring the event?

Please reach out to us at to discuss.

I have to come late/leave early/take off for a meeting in the middle of the day. Will that be OK?

Of course. Just bring your registration confirmation whenever you arrive, and you'll be able to come and go with your badge as you need to throughout the day.

I'm a reporter or analyst. Who do I talk to about getting registered with a press pass?

Email us at and we'll get you squared away.

What are the closest public transportation options?

SUBWAY / Take A, C, E, B, D, F, or M to West 4th St Station, walk to Washington Square South and Macdougal Street.

BUS / Take the M55 to Avenue of The Americas & W 3rd Street and walk to Washington Square South and Macdougal Street.

Will the sessions be recorded?

Some of the sessions may be recorded and made available after the event. Please note there will be video and photos taken during the event. Here's a bit of info from our legal team about that:

Notice of Photographic and Media Recording:

By attending the Ideation Summit event, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such recording media and its use, release, publication, exhibition, and reproduction by Ideation Worldwide in any and all media now known or hereafter developed. You also acknowledge that Ideation Worldwide owns all rights, title, and interest in and to any photography, audio, and video recordings made at the Ideation Summit event. You further waive, in Ideation Worldwide’ behalf, all rights you may have to any claims you may have in connection with the exhibition, streaming, webcasting, broadcasting, or other publication of such material, regardless of the purpose of such use and publication. If you have any questions or concerns about waiving these rights, please contact Ideation Worldwide at

Who can I contact if I have any other questions about the event?

Email is the best way to get in touch with us.