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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

Alcayna-Stevens, Lys

The Expert is a socio-cultural anthropologist trained at Cambridge and Harvard universities. She has ten years' experience conducting policy-oriented qualitative and quantitative research on development, health, and environmental issues in central Africa (Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, and Uganda), including over 26 months of field-based research in the western and central regions of DRC​. She is fluent in French and Lingala and has extensive experience working with indigenous communities (Batwa, BaAka), and with many other ethnic groups in central Africa, on issues surrounding marginalization, land disputes, and gender-based violence. She has experience working with national, provincial and local institutions, and is on the advisory board for two environmental NGOs which support local communities in DRC. She is currently a Research Fellow in the Anthropology Department of Harvard University.

Occupation: Research Fellow
Countries of expertise: Central African Republic, Congo (Republic of), Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda

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… Read more

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