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Experts on countries of origin by surname

Landesmann, Sonya

Intercultural and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, specialising in issues relevant to various Muslim countries, incl vendettas, honour killing, domestic violence, PTSD, Rape Trauma Syndrome, assault in detention and traumas of migration and exile.

Occupation: Intercultural and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Formerly taught English to speakers of other languages. Also worked for the Refugee Council, Goldsmiths’ College, and Nafsiyat Inter cultural Therapy Centre.
Countries of expertise: Albania, Iran, Iraq, Turkey

Lawrance, Benjamin Nicholas

Academic, based in USA, experienced in written and oral expert reports in USA, Canada and UK, on many social groups and diverse matters including violence and torture.

Occupation: Barber B. Conable Jr. Endowed Chair in International Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology (former Professor of History, University of California)
Countries of expertise: Benin, Ghana, Togo

Leclerc-Madlala, Suzanne

The Expert is an anthropologist whose research and publications since 1995 have focused on the intersections of culture, sexuality, gender and HIV in Africa, especially in South Africa and in relation to young women’s vulnerability. Her academic work as former Professor and Head of the Anthropology Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal was complimented by active involvement in the design, implementation and evaluation of HIV programs in South Africa and its neighboring countries. Currently working as a Senior Advisor for HIV and health with the US Agency for International Development, The Expert got her start in development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon.

The Expert has worked as a consultant to UNAIDS, SADC, the World Bank, and WHO, as well as to several regional non-government organizations and community-based organizations. She helped to draft South Africa’s Sexual Offences Act and the Children’s Bill and authored UNAIDS’ 2009 Action Brief on Inter-generational and Transactional sex in Southern Africa. She worked with the Commission on Gender Equality, the South African Law Commission and other legal bodies to assess various cultural and medical practices for human rights violations. Professor Leclerc-Madlala is also a member of the Scientific Committee… Read more

Occupation: Anthropologist- Senior Advisor
Countries of expertise: Gabon, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Levina, Olga

The Expert, Olga S. Levina, PhD, graduated St.Petersburg State University (Russia), faculties of psychology and management. In 1996 – 2008 was working as an organizational consultant for small and medium businesses, contributed to in-country and international programs aimed at socio-economic development in post-soviet Russia. In 1998 - 2015 as a social psychologist, a Co-founder and Development Director of the NGO Stellit she was part of a wide range of health research and prevention initiatives, working in collaboration with stakeholders and scientists from Russian regions, European countries and the U.S. Many of those projects were focused on injection drug users and their sex partners; imprisoned women; socially excluded, abused and neglected children; female sex workers and their sex partners; STI clinic patients; and law enforcement, health, and other professionals and structures across Russia and other post-soviet countries. Olga Levina has experience in development and evaluation of regional and institutional level projects and programs, contributed to over 70 scientific publications in Russia and internationally. In 2013-2014 she received post doctorate training at Yale School of Public Health. In 2015 immigrated to the U.S. and working as an independent consultant/… Read more

Occupation: Independent Consultant
Countries of expertise: Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Lorusso, Marilisa

After 20 years of studies, research, and professional experience, I am a recognized expert on Post-Soviet States, in particular the Republic of Georgia and the Republic of Armenia. My fields of research are democracy, human rights, rule of law and State capacity, sub-state actors, informal networks and corruption, elections and political violence.

Occupation: COUNTRY OF ORIGIN EXPERT – Armenia and Georgia
Countries of expertise: Armenia, Georgia