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Experts on countries of origin by surname

Kakhki, Mohammad Hedayati

Iranian Lawyer and PhD in Middle East international politics and law (Durham Univ) - with vast experience in producing expert reports on Iranian Law and the Judicial System; also available to comment on the authentication of legal and other official documents.

Occupation: Iranian lawyer and lecturer in international comparative criminal law; member of the International Bar Association and its Human Rights Institute.
Countries of expertise: Iran

Karakas, Saniye

Occupation: Lawyer, Expert on Turkish Law
Countries of expertise: Turkey

Karekwaivanane, Dr George Hamandishe

Lecturer in African studies at Edinburgh University with extensive experience researching, writing and teaching on the history, politics, and cultures of Southern Africa.

Occupation: Lecturer in African Studies, University of Edinburgh
Countries of expertise: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Kashefi, Roya

Roya Kashefi is the head of  Human Rights Committee of Association des Chercheurs Iraniens (ACI), an international non-profit organisation dedicated to unbiased and objective study of Iranian issues. Roya has presented papers at many international conferences including the United Nations, UK, European and EU Parliaments. Roya has a close working relationship with ethnic and religious groups inside and outside Iran as well as expert knowledge of Iranian political groups and parties.

Occupation: Senior Researcher and Head of Human Rights Committee – Association des Chercheurs Iraniens (ACI)
Countries of expertise: Iran

Kawaa-Mafigiri, David

The Expert is a Medical Anthropologist with public health training. The Expert’s areas of competence and research interest are the anthropology of global health with a concentration in social health interventions that utilize community-based approaches to respond to infectious and non-infectious diseases and other health threats. The Expert embeds qualitative research techniques including ethnography to improve response to outbreaks and epidemics in East and Central African (Great Lakes) region including infectious diseases and antimicrobial threats. The Expert has previously completed anthropological studies of Ebola risk and livelihoods in 17 high-risk districts bordering DRC and Uganda; and for COVID-19 in South Sudan – both on behalf of UNICEF. More recently in Uganda, on behalf of UNICEF and LSHTM, he was an investigator on a ‘building community trust’ study to improve response to COVID-19 to tackle vaccine hesitancy and misinformation in select high-risk borderlands.

The Expert coordinates integration of social and behavioral perspectives to establish biosocial enablers of infectious disease outbreaks focusing on community-based health initiatives for health promotion among most at risk/vulnerable populations during outbreak investigations. The… Read more

Occupation: Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Social Work and Social Administration, School of Social Sciences, Makerere University Kampala
Countries of expertise: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

Kenny, Erin

The Expert served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali (1996-7) and conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Guinea (2002-03) for her doctorate in anthropology (2004, University of Kentucky). As a Fulbright Scholar in 2011-12, she taught Development Studies at Mzumbe University in Tanzania. She publishes on cultural topics of household, rites of passage, kinship, and gender and currently teaches at Missouri State University as an Associate.

Occupation: Associate Professor of Anthropology, Missouri State University
Countries of expertise: Guinea, Mali, Tanzania

Khan, Asad Ali

The Expert is a practising Advocate and Barrister-at-Law in Pakistan. He is the Senior Partner of Khan & Co Barristers-at-Law and has repeatedly been appointed as an expert on Pakistani law in the UK court system. The Expert is counsel to foreign governments on Pakistani law and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and practices law in the UK and in Pakistan. The Expert has provided numerous reports in immigration and family law cases funded by the Legal Aid Agency and the Scottish Legal Aid Board. The reports provided by the Expert have addressed issues related to adultery, adoption, blasphemy, custody and abduction of children, divorce (talaq), divorce (khula), forced conversions, forced marriages, gender based violence, gender identity claims, honour killings, human trafficking, internal relocation, jirgas (tribal councils), law reform, legitimacy of children, Pakistani prisons, protection of witnesses, religious minorities and ethnic groups, statelessness, sexual orientation claims, terrorism offences and women’s protection legislation. The Expert is particularly well-versed in the Constitution of Pakistan 1973, judicial review in Pakistani courts, public law issues and national accountability cases. 

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Countries of expertise: Pakistan

Knörr, Jacqueline

Professor, Head of Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Martin Luther University, Halle/S., Germany. 20 years of experience preparing expert reports concerning the issues mentioned under “Expertise: Areas of expertise”.

Occupation: Head of the Research Group “Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast“ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University, Halle/S., Germany.
Countries of expertise: Gambia, Guinea, Indonesia, Liberia, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone

Knox, Dr Vickie

The Expert has expertise on forced displacement and migration in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean and the links with gang violence, organised crime and corruption in the region. For the last ten years they have conducted academic and professional research on migration and internal displacement linked to violence, criminal groups and impunity in Central America and Mexico and on human trafficking in the broader region of Latin America and Caribbean, making several fieldwork trips and authoring NGOs reports and academic articles. I also have expertise in gender issues in the region, including gender-based violence, LGBTQ+ discrimination and hate crimes, and access to abortion and reproductive rights.

Occupation: Research consultant (independent) and university lecturer
Countries of expertise: Caribbean, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua

Kosumi, Vebi

International Lawyer and political scientist with comprehensive experience from research and Country of Origin reports. Research experience on international public law, international private law, terrorism, international human rights law, international relations, immigration law, OISC Accredited (2005-2012). Expertise on blood feud, honour killing, human trafficking, modern slavery, forced labour, domestic violence, narcotics mafia, human and political rights abuse, opposition and political persecution, risk of return and of brutal and degrading treatment and torture.

Providing expert reports for Western Balkans, specializing on Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Serbia (Presevo Valley).

Occupation: International Lawyer
Countries of expertise: Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia, Serbia (Presevo Valley)

Kriger, Norma

The Expert worked for twelve years in the political science faculty at The John Hopkins University. Since then she has been an independent scholar with experience at USAID. UNDP, the World Bank, Human Rights Watch, and the International Rescue Committee. She is an expert on Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa

Occupation: Political scientist
Countries of expertise: Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Kupatadze, Alexander

Experienced scholar and consultant combining theoretical and practical skills of analysis, intelligence and policy advise with expertise in informal networks, organized crime, corruption, illicit trade, crime-terror nexus, policing and public sector reform

Occupation: Associate Professor, King’s College London
Countries of expertise: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine

Kurlantzick, Joshua

Experienced country of origin expert for all nationals from Southeast Asia and China; specialist from one of the leading think-tanks in the world. Have provided expert witness reports for fifteen years for asylum cases in the UK, Europe, and US for nationals from across South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia. Also have provided expert witness reports for non-asylum immigration cases for nationals from South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia.

Occupation: Senior Fellow, Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations
Countries of expertise: Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam