Invitation Event
Aiming Higher

Event details

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024  
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM CET  
Location: IMC HQ, Infinity Building, Amstelveenseweg 500, Amsterdam 
RSVP: before 31st May 2024

Education is a beacon of hope for refugees forging new paths far from home. Join us at our special event “Aiming Higher“, where we will explore the transformative power of higher education. Joined by partners and supporters, we will discuss how we can unlock the potential of refugees through access to education and employment opportunities.

Event programme 
  • Photo exhibition by photographer Antoine Tardy who has portrayed refugee students in numerous countries in light of UNHCR’s Scholarship Programme.  
  • Welcome & introduction by UNHCR and IMC.  
  • Update from UNHCR and how the private sector can contribute to solutions by Sandrine Flavier, Global Head of Corporate & Shared-Value Partnerships (UNHCR).  
  • Keynote speech by Carolien Vos, our dedicated partner, addressing the importance of refugee education and UNHCR’s Scholarship Programme.  
  • Discussion on higher education for refugees and the transition to employment by Manal Stulgaitis, Tertiary Education Team Lead (UNHCR), Antoine Tardy, Photographer (UNHCR), UNHCR scholarship alumnus (name to be confirmed). 
  • Drinks & bites in the Skybar, hosted by IMC Charitable Foundation.

Carolien Vos is the driving force behind the philanthropic activities of the Vos family. Carolien has a background as a teacher and is passionate about empowering girls. Since 2020, The Vos family and their company CTP have been one of UNHCR’s most generous donors in Europe. They have made significant impact in the lives of the people UNHCR serves, enabling thousands of refugee children to go to and to stay in school in Uganda and enabling 70 young talented refugee students to study at university through the UNHCR scholarship programme. 

Sandrine Flavier is the Global Head of Corporate and Shared Value Partnerships at UNHCR. Here she leads efforts to leverage the private sector to generate sustainable income for UNHCR and drive partnerships with business for refugees worldwide. This includes collaborating with companies and multi-stakeholders platforms to actively engage in advocacy and communication with and for people forced to flee. Sandrine has worked with the UN for the last 15 years in various capacities and has previous experience working in the private sector. 

Manal Stulgaitis is the Tertiary Education Team lead for UNHCR. She has over 15 years of experience in refugee protection, with expertise in durable solutions, urban protection, risk management, coordination, and humanitarian-development planning. Holding a professional degree in Law and a Master’s degree in International Law and Economic Development, she has worked in the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Americas. She is currently focused on developing approaches to address higher education in the context of fragility and development, emergency coordination in higher education and higher education as the pathway to solutions for refugees worldwide.

Antoine Tardy is a freelance documentary photographer based in Geneva, Switzerland, specialising in reportage and portraiture for the not-for-profit and public sectors. He works locally, nationally and internationally for clients such as UN agencies, NGOs, foundations and more. Since February 2017, he has documented for UNHCR the higher education journeys of over 300 students and alumni in 15 countries around the world. 

How to get there

By bike, metro and tram (Amstelveenseweg) or car. When you arrive at IMC, we will welcome you at the reception on the ground floor.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.  

We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Today, UNHCR works in 137 countries. We provide life-saving assistance, including shelter, food, water and medical care for people forced to flee conflict and persecution, many of whom have nobody left to turn to. We defend their right to reach safety and help them find a place to call home so they can rebuild their lives. Long term, we work with countries to improve and monitor refugee and asylum laws and policies, ensuring human rights are upheld. In everything we do UNHCR considers refugees and those forced to flee as partners, putting those most affected at the centre of planning and decision-making.