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.
Bella Stevens – Programme Administrator
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.
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.
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
Ellen Sarah Mostyn – Legal & Research Intern
Ellen holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Glasgow. She wrote her dissertation on issues surrounding female refugee’s recognition under the 1951 Refugee Convention. She also holds an LLM in Migration and Refugee Law from Vrije University Amsterdam. As part of the LLM, Ellen was a member of the Migration Law Clinic where she conducted legal research for lawyers on immigration and refugee issues.
Tarik – Research Intern
Tarik Soliman Osman is currently pursuing an International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies degree at Leiden University (the Hague, the Netherlands) and Freie Universität Berlin. He has experience in Dutch national parliamentary politics, lobbying against nuclear weapons at the UN in Geneva and has always been vocal about the rights of refugees and people who identify as queer, female and/or of colour.
Fenja Akinde – Hummel – Research Intern
Fenja is a graduate in English Literature. Some of her academic interests address the ways in which art and migration intersect, interrogating the intentions, consequences and aesthetics of far right anti-refugee propaganda in comparison to ostensibly ‘depoliticised’ art addressing migration.