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Experts on countries of origin by country

Abdi, Fowzia

Occupation: Solicitor
Countries of expertise: Somalia

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

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

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

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

Bekalo (MEd, PhD), Dr Samuel Ayele

Freelance Horn of Africa advisor/consultant.  Produced over 100 country reports (on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, The Sudan) for various organisations and legal firms.

Occupation: Freelance Horn of Africa Countries Advisor / Consultant
Countries of expertise: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, United Kingdom

Carruth, Lauren

The Expert is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University who provides testimony regularly on country conditions in the Horn of Africa. She is a medical anthropologist, gender specialist, and migration specialist with expertise in Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, and Haiti.

Occupation: Associate Professor, School of International Service, American
Countries of expertise: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Haiti, Somalia

Chaudhary, Dr. Nishu

The Expert is a Sub-Saharan Africa specialist with extensive experience in Country Operations Management, Resource Mobilization, Business Development, Communications and Advocacy across multiple countries with leading international NGOs.

Occupation: The Expert is a Sub-Saharan Africa specialist with extensive experience in Country Operations Management, Resource Mobilization, Business Development, Communications and Advocacy across multiple countries with leading international NGOs. She holds a Ph.D. in Grief Counseling, American International Theism University, Florida, The United States (2020- 2023).
Countries of expertise: Djibouti, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Hoehne, Markus

Lecturer at the Institute for Anthropology, University of Leipzig. Conducted in total three years of field research in northern Somalia. Published author and experienced in expert reports on Somalia/Norther Somalia, in particular, northern Somali clans (Isaaq, Darood/Harti, Dir), minorities in (southern) Somalia such as Midgan, Asharaf and Sheikhaal, and issues of health care and mental health.

Occupation: Lecturer, Institute for Anthropology, University of Leipzig, Germany
Countries of expertise: Somalia

Iwilade, Dr Akin

Lecturer in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh with extensive experience researching and writing about violent social groups and discrimination in selected African countries.  

Occupation: Lecturer in African Studies, University of Edinburgh; Editorial Board Member of Critical African Studies, Review of African Political Economy and Canadian Journal of African Studies; Book Reviews Editor African Affairs
Countries of expertise: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Smith Rotabi- Casares, Karen

The Expert is Professor of Social Work at California State University- Monterey Bay. She has extensive international experience, with an emphasis on Guatemala, El Salvador and Somalia. Her practice in these countries is oriented to child protection as well as violence against women. She has worked as an expert witness, mainly for Guatemala, but recent work in Somalia has expanded her area of expertise.  She has an extensive publication history, with an orientation to human rights.

Occupation: Professor
Countries of expertise: El Salvador, Guatemala, Somalia

Wirtz, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Wirtz is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University. A cultural anthropologist, her research centers on refugees/forced migration, humanitarianism in relief and development, sexual and gender-based violence, reproductive/maternal health, human-centered design in technology and engineering, and STEM higher education. She has worked with international organizations like Engineers Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee on humanitarian and development projects. She has served as a chair of the Gender Based Violence Topical Interest Group of the Society for Applied Anthropology and as a board member for the Society for Medical Anthropology.

Occupation: Visiting Assistant Professor
Countries of expertise: Kenya, Somalia