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Experts on countries of origin by surname

Abramowitz, Sharon

Sharon Abramowitz is a sociologist, anthropologist, and global health expert based in Boston, MA, USA with specializations in conflict, health, mental health, West Africa, gender, children, and disasters. She has experience providing written and oral expert reports in the USA and the United Kingdom on social, political, economic, and health issues.

Occupation: Medical Anthropologist/Global Health Consultant - Research Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University Collaborating Expert - Conflict, Health, and Resilience Program, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University Advisory Board Member - Journal of Humanitarian Affairs Regularly consulted about issues pertaining to conflict-affected regions or humanitarian disaster-affected areas in African and non-Africal contexts
Countries of expertise: Cote d`Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Aguilar, Professor M.I.

Expertise on religion and politics in a number of African, Asian and Latin American countries - and in a number of languages. Current research includes China (Tibet), Chile, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe; Libya and Syria

Occupation: Chair in Religion and Politics & Director, Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP), University of St. Andrews
Countries of expertise: Brazil, Burundi, China, Colombia, Cote d`Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Ahmed, Omer

Omer is a Somali speaking solicitor (presently non-practicing), with expertise on all aspects of irregular migration from Africa and Yemen. He is based in the region with offices in the UK, and with extensive experience of delivering clear concise and cogent subject matter expertise to UK courts.

Occupation: Lawyer
Countries of expertise: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen

Albadry Alenezi, Mohamed

The Expert is the Founder and Director of Kuwaiti Bedoons Movement. Producing export reports for stateless people as well as, administration and consultations.

Occupation: Director of Kuwaiti Bedoons Movements
Countries of expertise: Kuwait

Algar-Faria, Dr Gilberto

Dr Gilberto Algar-Faria (he/him/his) is an expert in the Sri Lankan post-war environment (PhD Politics, Bristol, 2018). He has written over 30 reports for the UK courts considering Sri Lankan asylum seekers’ appeals (including [2020] UKAITUR PA029062016 and [2021] UKAITUR PA124362019) and has also contributed to the Canadian IRB’s country of origin information. Dr Algar-Faria is currently a Sessional Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the University of Oxford (2020–21) and prior to that he was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol (2016–19). He writes reports in a private capacity.

Occupation: Research Consultant (private capacity). Sessional Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia. BA(Hons.), MSc, PhD.
Countries of expertise: Sri Lanka

Alghizzi , Hamid Jumaa Hassan

• The Expert was exposed to the Kuwaiti culture and dialect from his childhood all the way to adulthood
• Is familiar with Bidoon areas in Kuwait as he previously visited them.
• Has an in-depth knowledge of the Bidoon’s history, activities and longstanding problems.
• Has had contacts with hundreds of Bidoons including some known political activists.
• Has issued reports that have been influential in the court’s decision process.
• Uses a thorough and a detailed method of assessment.
The Expert was born in 1973 in Iraq, Basra city which is adjacent to the Kuwaiti border. In addition to having Kuwaiti relatives, the geographical proximity of Kuwait to the city of Basra enhanced his exposure to the Kuwaiti culture and dialect from his childhood all the way to adulthood. For instance, interacting with Kuwait nationals who used to cross the borders freely during the eighties during which and the Kuwaiti TV channels where mainstream TV in every Iraqi household in Basra.
The exposure to Bidoons was enhanced following the Iraqi invasion to Kuwait in 1990 as many of them were deported by the Kuwaiti authorities and the majority of them lived in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Thi Qar.
In 1994 he completed his Bachelor Degree in Petroleum Engineering at Baghdad University, and in 2006 he completed his Master degree in Environmental Pollution Control at Birmingham City University and worked as an environmental researcher and advisor in 2007.
Since 2012 the main domain of the Expert’s work has been working with immigration law firms specializing in immigration and asylum work. He has worked with over 1000 immigration related clients. He has provided consultations for solicitors who sought his advice, he has also issued reports for their clients to be used as evidence in courts.
The Expert had the chance to visit Kuwait several times, the last visit was in October 2018. He therefore witnessed directly the life of Bidoons in their main hometowns such as Taima and Sulaibiya.
He became familiar with their cities, streets, shops and landmarks, he also had the chance to meet some of Bidoon prominent figures and activist.

Occupation: Bidoon Expert
Countries of expertise: Kuwait

Allen, Andrea S

The Expert's research has addressed matters of race, sexuality, gender, violence, and religion in Brazil and the African Diaspora. Her first book Violence and Desire in Brazilian Lesbian Relationships (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) focused on the experiences of lesbian women in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The Expert is currently working on a second book project about LGBT evangelical Brazilians, race, religious identity, and sexual subjectivity.

Occupation: Professor, University of Toronto
Countries of expertise: Brazil, United States of America

Allo, Dr. Awol

Specialist in political violence, human rights, rule of law, democratization, and security and justice with a particular expertise on social/ethnic/political groups at risk of persecution in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan. Experience in writing expert reports for asylum cases. 

Occupation: Lecturer
Countries of expertise: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan

Amundsen, Dr Inge

Political scientist with comprehensive experience from research and Country of Origin reports and documents assessments. Research experience on political economy, opposition and political parties, political rights, democratic institutionalisation, NGOs. Expert on human and political rights abuse, political persecution, LGBT persecution, risk of return and of brutal and degrading treatment and torture.

Occupation: Senior Researcher in Political Science, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
Countries of expertise: Angola, Bangladesh, Malawi, Nigeria

Azim, Nurul

Occupation: Advocate, Barrister-at-Law, Researcher and Consultant of Immigration laws.
Countries of expertise: Bangladesh, Myanmar

Ballard, Roger

Vast experience of civil and criminal expert reports in addition to reports for immigration proceedings: frequently involved in cases where the internal dynamics of unfamiliar family structures are the central source of contention and/or confusion

Occupation: Centre for Applied South Asian Studies
Countries of expertise: Pakistan

Bayir, Dr Derya

Expert on Turkish law, politics and society.

Occupation: Lawyer/Academic
Countries of expertise: Turkey

Behzad Hakkak, Mohammad

Fact-Finding Services Afghanistan (FFSA)


1- Fact-Finding focused on legal cases

2- Information regarding particular issues, medical services, mental health services

3- Obtaining formal documents from Afghanistan governments institutions based on a power of attorney issued by the consulates/embassies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Representative customers include:

- Afghan refugees living abroad

- Government offices of different countries

- Immigration offices

- Individuals seeking formal confirmations

- International organisations

- Law firms

- Private companies

- Research institutions

Occupation: Fact-Finding Services Afghanistan (FFSA)
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan

Bekalo (MEd, PhD), Dr Samuel Ayele

Freelance Horn of Africa advisor/consultant.  Produced over 100 country reports (on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, The Sudan) for various organisations and legal firms.

Occupation: Freelance Horn of Africa Countries Advisor / Consultant
Countries of expertise: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, United Kingdom

Bennett-Jones, Owen

Writer on Pakistan with world-respected knowledge of the country's militants, military, intelligence services, ethnic groups and political parties, including the MQM. He has worked for the BBC and was a visiting Professor at Princeton University and USCWriter on Pakistan with world-respected knowledge of the country's militants, military, intelligence services, ethnic groups and political parties, including the MQM. He has worked for the BBC and was a visiting Professor at Princeton University and USC

Occupation: Writer on Pakistan.
Countries of expertise: Pakistan

Beyer, Judith

The Expert is a Full Professor of Social and Political Anthropology at the University of Konstanz in Germany.

Occupation: Legal Anthropologist
Countries of expertise: Bangladesh (Rohingya only), India (Rohingya only), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Birchall, John

The Expert reads all relevant papers relating to a client free of charge and produces a short report on the case details. He relates these to the evidence already given and how he considers the subsequent hearing will be influenced by these. He rejects requests, if he feels there is very little chance of the client being offered permission to remain. He accepts payment in instalments.

Occupation: Lecturer in Development Economics
Countries of expertise: Cameroon, Congo (Republic of), Cote d`Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Bluth, Christoph

Professor of International Studies at the University of Leeds with extensive experience in providing country expert reports for immigration lawyers representing North Korean clients, and detailed knowledge of South Korean policies on persons of North Korean origin.

Occupation: Professor of International Studies, University of Leeds; Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul 2005.
Countries of expertise: China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Vietnam

Bowring, Prof William S B

Barrister and academic, with vast research, publishing and advisory experience across Russian and CIS affairs; fluent in Russian

Occupation: Barrister, Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London; formerly Prof. in Human Rights and International Law, University of North London;previously, Reader in Law, Director of the Pan-European Institute, University of Essex
Countries of expertise: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Bulled, Dr. Nicola

The Expert is a public health anthropologist. Her scholarship interrogates health inequalities, using mixed methods to examine the intersection of biology with the social to offer multi-level perspectives on public health programming, service delivery, and policy. Her specific fields of interest include HIV, infectious diseases, disease prevention technologies, health communication, and community collaboration.  She has engaged in research and public health programming in South Africa, Lesotho, Liberia, Greece, and the United States. Her research has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Fulbright IIE. 

Occupation: Public health anthropologist
Countries of expertise: Greece, Lesotho, Liberia, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America