Our Team

Executive Director

Filippo Ferraro

Fr. Filippo Ferraro is a Missionary of St.Charles. Born in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, in 1974 he completed his Bachelor Degree at the Theological Institute of Northern Italy (Milan) and obtained a Diploma in Pastoral Theology of Migration from SIMI (Scalabrini International Migration Institute - Pontifical Urban University in Rome). Ordained as a diocesan catholic priest in the Diocese of Treviso in 2006, he later joined the Scalabrini Fathers. He started his pastoral ministry with migrants as Chaplain of the French speaking refugees community at the Archdiocese of Cape Town in 2014. Since the end of 2017 he is the Executive Director of SIHMA and Coordinator of all social projects of the Scalabrinian Congregation in Africa.

Associate Director

Sergio Carciotto

Sergio is currently the Associate Director of the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) a research centre based in Cape Town. He previously worked in South Africa for local NGOs and in Italy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He holds an MA Degree in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and an MA Degree in Refugee Rights and Migration Studies from La Sapienza University in Rome.

Affiliated Fellow

Dr Edmond Akwasi Agyeman

Edmond is a lecturer at the Centre for African Studies based at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. He obtained his Doctoral Degree in Contemporary International Migration from the Institute for Studies on Migration, Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, in 2011. Between 2012 and 2013, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality (CSSI), Tohoku University, Japan.

Affiliated Fellow

Dr Aquilina Mawadza

Aquilina Mawadza is an academic and researcher. She has held lectureship and adjunct faculty positions at the University of the Western Cape, the University of Zimbabwe and Howard University. Aquilina holds a PhD degree in Media & Migration Studies and an M.A in Languages and Communication from the University of Florida. Aquilina worked as a Project Manager in the NGO and international development sector focusing on issues of media, migration, human rights and HIV/AIDS


Licia Calcagno

Licia lived in the US for a couple of years and then moved to the UK where she studied Geography at the University of Hull. She is currently enrolled at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark where she is working towards her Master’s in Advanced Migration Studies. She wrote her dissertation on the reception of asylum seekers in Genoa, Italy, and she is very excited to have the opportunity to learn about migratory realities and movements within Africa and South Africa.

Social Media Manager

Daluxolo Moloantoa

Currently studying towards a BA Communication degree with the University of South Africa (UNISA), Daluxolo is a passionate individual motivated by social activism. He is filled with astonishment at how social media as a communication tool can be used to educate, empower and connect the dots between those in the know and those not around the issues of our day, including migration.


Dulce Pereira

Dulce retired from Standard Bank in 1999 and started working with the Scalabrini Fathers on a volunteer basis. She later became the full-time Financial Administrator. Dulce is one of the founding trustees of the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town and a Trustee of the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa.