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Experts on countries of origin by surname

Saatnia, Mrs Pouneh

The Expert is own sole owner company in the United Kingdom under the name of PIMI LTD.
The Expert is fully aware of the United Kingdom immigrant law in all categories regulated by the OISC.
The Expert is a  member of the international bar association under membership reference number :1412994
The Expert is an existing qualified solicitor in Iran

Occupation: Solicitor and legal evidence expert
Countries of expertise: Iran

Seddon, David

David Seddon - specialist in politics and human rights especially in Franco-phone and Arabic- speaking Africa and the Middle East - experience of expert reports especially on subject of social/ethnic/political groups at risk of persecution, brutal and degrading treatment and torture.

 tel 01379669109 (answer phone),07718 122 245 (mobile).

Occupation: Director of Critical Faculty, an independent consultancy undertaking risk analysis, mainly in the political field; also research associate at the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies, University of Exeter.
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Algeria, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Western Sahara, Nepal, Niger, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen

Smith, Dr Chris

Dr Chris Smith has completed over 2,000 expert witness reports on Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan since 2005, primarily for the UK courts but also in Australia, Canada and the USA.

Most recent one month research visit to Northern Sri Lanka in March 2019 (Northern and Eastern Provinces).  Will visit again later in 2019 for Country Guidance research.

Oral expert evidence in all recent Sri Lankan Country Guidance cases from LP to GJ and Others. Commissioned for forthcoming CG on sur place activities.

Also, India, especially Tamil Nadu and Khalistan and LGBTQ. Research visits to India and Pakistan are planned for early-2020.

Extensive field work and publications record in India from 1983, including PhD on India’s defence industry and security sector (1988) and two year tenure at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies/United Nations University (Delhi) (1983-85).

Expert witness research trip planned for early-2020 (Chandigarh, Delhi, Chennai etc).  Focus upon LGBTQ, anti-terrorist operations, security sector,

Also, extensive fieldwork on Pakistan, especially illegal weapons proliferation, security sector, governance, human rights.  Further field research on Ahmadi, Christian, LGBTQ planned for early-2009.

Occupation: Senior Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London, PhD, MA, B.SocSci. (Previously King’s College, London and University of Sussex.)
Countries of expertise: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Smith, Lahra

The Expert is an Associate Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University and the Director of the African Studies Program. She is a Political Scientist with a particular interest in citizenship, migration and political development in Africa. She is the author of Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender and National Identity in Ethiopia (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and her other publications have focused on the role of political institutions in addressing conflict based largely on ethnic and language identities.

Occupation: Associate Professor, African Studies, Georgetown University
Countries of expertise: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Stein, Ewan

The Expert is a Political scientist and Middle East specialist based in Edinburgh, UK. He has extensive experience living in and researching the Middle East, with a particular focus on political Islam, intra-regional dynamics and state-society relations under authoritarianism. Fluent in written and spoken Arabic.

Occupation: Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Countries of expertise: Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinian Authority, Tunisia, Yemen

Sturdee, Nick

BBC journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with extensive experience of travelling to and investigating human rights abuses in Russia, including Chechnya, Belarus and other parts of the former USSR. Also considerable experience working with victims of human rights abuses in location in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Israel / Palestine, China, Turkey and Cuba.

Occupation: BBC Journalist, documentary film-maker, broadcaster
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Belarus, Iraq, Myanmar, Palestinian Authority, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan