Claudia Koehler studied Sociology at the University of Bamberg, Germany. She is the Executive Director of Farafina Institute and previously was a Senior Researcher at the european forum for migration studies, both in Bamberg, Germany. Her areas of expertise include migration, education, asylum, social inclusion, and youth and community development in Europe and Africa. 

She has conducted numerous research studies on the education and social inclusion of migrants and refugees in Europe, and on migration and trafficking between Africa and Europe. 

She is a member of SIRIUS – Policy Network on Migrant Education, of SAPDN - Southern African Policy and Development Nexus, and of SACHES – Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society.