Niene Oepkes

October 21, 2022 — People

Former Senior Policy Advisor on Migration at Utrecht Municipality and founder of Plan Einstein

Niene Oepkes has been working in the field of migration for  the last 20 years, about a decade of that with the NGO Refugee Council Netherlands and about a decade in local (and multilevel) governance.

She is an active member of the Steering Group C-MISE, the City Initiative On Irregular Migrants in Europe.

She is by now formally retired as a senior policy advisor on migration at Utrecht Municipality, where she was the initiator, ‘founding mother,’ and hands-on manager of the well known Plan Einstein project on the reception of asylum seekers in an initially hostile urban environment. 

She currently is an external expert for the Intercultural Cities Group and a board member of Common-Ground-2, a community gardening project for asylum seekers and neighborhoods. 

With an additional MSc in Artificial Intelligence she is an unusual personality in the field of migration. 

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