Neil Grungras – Founder, Executive Director & Board Secretary
Neil Grungras is a globally-recognized expert and thought leader on particularly vulnerable refugees. He has dedicated his 30-year career to refugee and immigrant processing, adjudication, protection and integration.
Before founding ORAM, Mr. Grungras was Director for Europe and the Middle East at a leading U.S. based refugee and migration organization. Previously, he directed a refugee resettlement facility representing the U.S. Department of State in Vienna, Austria, where he orchestrated the processing of thousands of U.S.-bound religious minority refugees.
Mr. Grungras has served as an adviser on refugees to dozens of NGOs, has authored a dozen refugee-related publications and tools and has lectured, taught, and trained extensively on refugee and migration topics at government agencies, UNHCR, NGOs and academic institutions in twenty countries. He holds a Juris Doctor and a B.A. in Germanic Languages and Psychology.
Anja Limon – Legal Officer
Anja Catherine Limon holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ljubljana and an LLM in International Law from the University of Bristol, where she focused on migration law and policy. Her dissertation focused on the influence of climate change on human migration and the legal gap in refugee law regarding protection for ‘climate refugees.’ Before joining ORAM, Anja worked at a law firm in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Liam Sattar – Systems Administrator
Liam holds a M.Sc in Soil Physics from Baghdad University, where he also worked as Assistant Lecturer. Liam has also worked as a document controller and admin & HR in a Korean company in Iraq. Liam has always been passionate about the rights of LGBTIQ refugees.
Interns & Volunteers
Bella Stevens – Administrative Intern
Bella Stevens holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology from Leiden University, in the Netherlands. Her ethnographic research focused on how LGBT Middle Eastern refugees negotiate the asylum procedure, assimilate to new cultural standards and rebuild their lives in Amsterdam.
Riley Barrett – Research Intern
Riley Barrett holds a Masters Degree in Conflict, Security, and Development from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Her research critiqued the securitization and criminalization of migration at the US-Mexico border. Riley’s Bachelors Degree was obtained in Politics and International Relations from Fairfield University in the USA.
Anna Fontanini – Programme Support Officer
Anna Fontanini holds a Master in Humanitarian Action and International Law from the Catholic Institute of Paris and a Bachelor in Foreign Languages applied to European Law and Economics from the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3.
In France, she worked as a cultural mediator and protection officer with Doctor of the World in Calais refugee camp.
Before joining ORAM in Berlin, she was part of the Wefugees team, a German online platform that provides answers to the basic needs of newcomers.
Anna has a particular knowledge of the European asylum system, due to her studies and field experiences with Italian, French and German human rights organisations.
Luana Matoso – Legal and Research Intern
Luana Matoso is currently pursuing a Law bachelor degree in the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. Before joining ORAM’s team, she worked at her home university’s Clinic of Human Trafficking and Slavery and was a Team Speaker at the Charles Rousseau International Public Law Moot Court Competition. Luana is currently writing her bachelor’s theses about refugee crises and durable solutions for mass influx of asylum seekers.
Courtney McKelvey – Legal and Research Intern
Courtney McKelvey holds a Bachelors Degree in International Studies from Elon University in the United States. Her research focused on Swedish and Danish media coverage of forced migration into both countries. Courtney’s knowledge of the European asylum system also stems from her studies and field experiences in Stockholm and Copenhagen with European politics, migration, and human rights.