Skip to main content
Skip to main content

Experts on countries of origin by country

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

Fatah, Dr Rebwar

Areas of expertise
- Authentication of official and non-official documents
- Country profiles, in particular the Arab states, Kurdistan, Turkey and Afghanistan
- Specific ethno-religious groups and faiths
- Political, social and cultural groups
- Tribal issues: tribes, feuds, structures
- Extremist and violent groups, including religious groups
- Human rights: law, debates and violations
- Women issues: e.g. honour crimes
- Human trafficking
- Economy and finance: oil, private and government sectors
- Disadvantaged groups e.g. children, minorities, mentally ill, disabled, terminally ill
- Different sects and faiths of Islam: Shiia, Sunni, Wahabism and others
- Availability of medical services
- State structure, military and security services
- Drug dealing and trafficking
- Integration and multiculturalism
- Extremism and related issues

Occupation: Director of the Middle East Consultancy Services
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

George, Alan

Academic with expertise on many countries in the Middle East

Occupation: Consultant, writer, journalist. Senior Associate Member, St Antony’s College, Oxford University.
Countries of expertise: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Yemen

Ghaderi, Dr Farangis

Independent researcher and Middle East consultant.  Academic with extensive experience in country expert reports, nationality assessment, and language analysis. 

Occupation: Director of the Middle East Consulting Ltd; Honorary Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter 

Occupation: Director of the Middle East Consulting Ltd
Countries of expertise: Iran, Iraq, Iraq (Kurdistan Regional Government), Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey

Giustozzi, Dr. Antonio

Expert on Afghanistan with experience of producing several hundred expert reports on asylum cases from 2004 onwards on all aspects of Afghanistan. Has acted as expert witness in trials in the UK, US, Australia and the Netherlands. From 2014 he has produced over 100 reports on Pakistani asylum seekers. From 2019 he started producing reports on Syria and Iraq and in 2020 he started producing reports on Iran. Has published extensively (boors, papers, journal articles and media) on many topics related to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

Occupation: Independent Researcher and Analyst, affiliated with King’s College London and the Royal United Services Institute
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria

Hackl, Andreas

Dr Andreas Hackl is a social anthropologist with extensive experience in researching Israel/Palestine, including several years as a foreign correspondent and humanitarian analyst. 

Occupation: Social anthropologist
Countries of expertise: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinian Authority, Syria

Hafidh, Dr Hasan

The Expert is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics and International Relations of the Middle East. 

Occupation: Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East (Gulf Specialism), Expert of Islamic Countries
Countries of expertise: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Western Sahara, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Laizer, Sheri J

Extensive experience in expert reports on all the countries listed, and also in particular, Kurds in country of origin and diaspora

Occupation: Freelance writer & broadcast journalist since 1985 specializing in Near East; photographer
Countries of expertise: Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Western Sahara, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Turkey

McGee, Thomas

Expert on stateless Kurds of Syria, and authentication of documents related to stateless Kurds (ajanib & maktumeen). Speaks Arabic and Kurdish (Kurmanci dialect).

Occupation: PhD Researcher and Statelessness Consultant
Countries of expertise: Syria

Miles, Hugh

Expert on Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Qatar and UAE. Award-winning freelance journalist and author, presenter, producer and consultant specialising in the Middle East. Born in Jedda, Saudi Arabia and studied Arabic at Pembroke College, Oxford University.

Occupation: Author, Journalist and Consultant
Countries of expertise: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates

Muhammed , Mr Rajal

A Syrian Kurdish citizen and an Arabic-English translator who has lived in Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish parts of Kurdistan and has first-hand knowledge of the languages and dialects spoken there. 

Occupation: Linguist and Translator - Registered, legally sworn Translator
Countries of expertise: Syria

Panjwani, Dr Imranali

Dr. Imranali Panjwani is the Head of Diverse Legal Consulting, UK (www.diverselegal.com) and a Lecturer in Law at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, Essex. He has the unique combination of being a lawyer and academic having lived and worked in the UK, Middle East and Australia. His country expert reports draw upon primary country and theological sources with stringent analysis of evidence, law and language. He resides in the UK.

Occupation: Head of Diverse Legal Consulting, UK & Lecturer in Law at Anglia Ruskin University
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Iraq (Kurdistan Regional Government), Malaysia, Morocco and Western Sahara, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Yemen

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.

davidseddon2011@hotmail.co.uk

 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

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

Taalstudio, De

Occupation: Linguistic services of various kinds, including Language Analysis reports for determination of origin in asylum cases.
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Cote d`Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestinian Authority, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Uganda