Opening keynote speaker: Alexander Betts


The Opening Keynote speaker in Seville, Alexander Betts, is an Oxford professor, researcher, consultant, writer and humanitarian. An impassioned public speaker, Alexander often speaks on ways societies can better empower refugees, rather than viewing them as a burden and casting them aside. Further, he provides actionable solutions that benefit refugees, host countries and businesses alike.

The Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Senior Research Fellow of Green-Templeton College at Oxford University, Alexander also is the Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the university. Alexander was named a top 100 global thinker by Foreign Policy magazine in 2016, is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and has been named by Thinkers50 as a top emerging business influencer. He is also a former European debating champion and a marathoner.

Alexander has given two TED Talks: one with a focus on Europe’s refugee system, which was named by TED curator Chris Anderson a top-10 TED Talk of 2016, and a second on the motivations behind Brexit. Combined, his TED Talks have generated more than 2.5 million views. In addition to public speaking engagements, Alexander has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times and Foreign Affairs, and appears regularly on the BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN.