Sophia Kagan Profile

Sophia Kagan, Chief Technical Adviser of the Regional Fair Migration Project in the Middle East (FAIRWAY)

Ms. Sophia Kagan is a lawyer and program manager, working as the Chief Technical Adviser on the Regional Fair Migration in the Middle East Project. In this role, she focusses on development of policies to support migrant workers in Arab States.

Sophia has more than a decade of experience working on migration issues. She joined the ILO in 2010 as a Programme Officer with the ILO Office for China and Mongolia, where she worked on the protection of the rights of rural-urban (internal) migrants in China, and later spent two years with the ILO Office for Pacific Island countries in policy development on the issue of climate change-induced displacement of Pacific Islanders. Sophia has also worked with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as a human rights legal researcher, and as a legal counsel in Australia including pro bono work with refugees and migrants.

Sophia holds a MSc in International Development Management (London School of Economics), as well as a Bachelor of Laws with honours; and a Bachelor of International Relations (Monash University, Australia).

Work areas: Migrant workers, climate change and migration

Working languages: English, Russian and French (and basic Mandarin).