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Experts on countries of origin by country

Abdi, Fowzia

Occupation: Solicitor
Countries of expertise: Somalia

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

Aengst, Jennifer

The Expert is a medical anthropologist with an extensive research background on reproductive health and gender disparities, specifically in India, Nepal, and Guatemala. In India and Nepal, they worked with three NGOs in 1995-1996 on the issues of girl trafficking, gender-based violence, and refugee assistance. In 2001, they interviewed Nepali human rights advocates about efforts to change legislation and build advocacy to assist girls who had been trafficked. In Guatemala, they researched how reproductive health disparities were impacting indigenous women in the highlands region. The Expert conducted in-depth fieldwork in the north Indian region of Ladakh, where much of their research was focused on ethnic/religious tension among Buddhists and Muslims in the region. Their research analyzed the persistence of health disparities, ethnic/religious conflict, and gender discrimination.

Occupation: Adjunct Professor of Anthropology; Health Researcher
Countries of expertise: Guatemala, India, Nepal

Agams, Lesley

Experienced lawyer with a long-standing commitment to social justice, gender equality and good governance in Nigeria and West Africa. Over 20 years of experience working with different sectors of civil society, government and business on community and national projects, program and policy development. Intimate understanding of the Nigerian context and environment with strong professional networks regionally and globally. 

Occupation: Barrister & Solicitor
Countries of expertise: Ghana, Nigeria, 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

Agwu, Prince

The Expert is a Nigerian academic with a social work background. He specialises in social policy, focusing on migration, health, and education. He is a passionate researcher, with extensive expertise in qualitative and quantitative studies. His training came from Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Occupation: Academic
Countries of expertise: Nigeria, United Kingdom

Akter, Yasmin

Occupation: Advocate, Researcher and Part time Lecturer
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Pakistan

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

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

Anderson, Dr Danica

The Expert is a US-based international social scientist, researcher, and forensic counselor (criminal justice specialist) with a doctorate in clinical psychology. The Expert is a member of the UNESCO scientific and education CID council and of the International Criminal Court, a Psycho-social Victim Gender Expert for trauma with war crimes and war crimes survivors. She is a trauma clinician who has traveled the world bearing witness to―and researching how to heal transgenerational trauma and continues to make crisis responses while addressing the needs of immigrants and refugees during and in the aftermath of natural disasters and wars. Trauma response and social science and research fieldwork occurred in Afghanistan, Haiti, India, Sri Lanka, and many conflict-ridden regions and war regions.

The Expert's international trauma work occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa for the International Criminal Court and the United Nations World Food Program in Sudan. In former Yugoslavia, Bosnia Herzegovina, her study and clinically informed trauma for over two decades provided an archive of information on women's transgenerational trauma for war and war crimes survivors involving asylum and visas. The Expert worked with Mexico's National Human Rights, Mexico City, and the Mexican… Read more

Occupation: Social Scientist - Researcher-Trauma Expert
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Austria, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Republic of), Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, United States of America

Anyangwe, Carlson

Occupation: Professor emeritus of Law, former Rector of Walter Sisulu University, and COI expert
Countries of expertise: Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan

Arapiles, Dr Sara

Dr Sara Arapiles is a Teaching Associate in EU Law and Public Law at the School of Law of the University of Nottingham where she previously completed her PhD research on ‘Slavery in Refugee Status Determination Procedures in Europe: A Comparative Socio-Legal Study of Approaches to Eritrean Protection Claims’. Dr Arapiles has extensive knowledge of and experience in researching and writing about refugee rights, with an emphasis on the human rights situation in Eritrea and matters relating to the persecution of Eritreans and their international protection needs. She is also engaged with exiled Eritrean human rights organisations and supports their capacity building. Dr Arapiles earned her PhD and MA in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Nottingham, her LLM in International and European Law from the Institute for European Studies of the Free University of Brussels, and her Law Degree from the University of Salamanca, and is a member of the Spanish Bar Association.

Occupation: Teaching Associate in Law, University of Nottingham
Countries of expertise: Eritrea

Ayluctarhan, Salih

The Expert has nearly ten years of experience as a prosecutor in Turkey, handling various types of crimes. His experience includes cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), focusing on a range of fundamental human rights, which also involved asylum matters. He completed my LLM in U.S. Legal Studies at UCONN Law, where he engaged in projects comparing the EU and U.S. asylum processes. Over the past two years, he has been working on asylum cases, both affirmative and defensive. He is currently involved in legal tech projects that automate the filling of I-589 forms and authenticate supporting documents using AI tools.

Occupation: Lawyer
Countries of expertise: Turkey

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

Bangura, Ibrahim

The Expert has worked extensively in the fields of Transitional Justice, Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants, Security Sector Reform, Sustainable Livelihoods, Gender and Conflict Resolution in Africa.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from University of Sierra Leone; another Master’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam; and a Doctorate degree in Economics from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany.

He currently lectures at the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and he is also a senior partner at Transition International, a consultancy firm based in the Netherlands.

Occupation: Consultant
Countries of expertise: Belgium, Central African Republic, Cote d`Ivoire, Cyprus, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe