Neil Grungras – Founder, Executive Director & Board Secretary
Neil Grungras is a worldwide recognized expert and thought leader on particularly vulnerable refugees. Mr. Grungras has 30 years experience as a refugee and immigration attorney working in the public and private sectors.
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 serving the U.S. Department of State in Vienna, Austria, where he managed the handling of thousands of refugee applications from case inception to arrival in the United States.
Mr. Grungras has served as a refugee law adviser to several NGOs, has lectured, taught, and trained extensively on refugee topics at government agencies, UNHCR, NGOs and leading law schools in twenty countries. He co-founded a law school clinic assisting refugees and asylum seekers.
He holds a Juris Doctor and a B.A. in Germanic Languages and Psychology.
Irina Kegeles – Finance Manager
Irina Kegeles has eight years experience in corporate finance and project management. Before joining ORAM, Mrs. Kegeles worked as an associate manager for a Russian private equity fund, and as a mergers and acquisitions senior consultant for a leading international audit and consulting advisor in Moscow. She holds an M.A. in Strategic and Corporate Development and Corporate Finance as well as a B.A. in General Management and Administration.
Jamie Charnock – Program Manager
Jamie Charnock holds a BSc in Neuroscience from King’s College London, and is currently studying his Masters degree in Human Rights at the University of Vienna. Having been an active blogger on queer, gender and race rights, Jamie has always been passionate about human rights, and intends to focus his Masters thesis on the rights of LGBTIQ refugees.
Anja Catherine Limon – Legal Officer
Anja Catherine Limon holds a Bachelors in Law and a LLM in International Law. For her dissertation she researched the influence of climate change on human migration and the legal gap in refugee law regarding protection for ‘climate refugees’. She recently finished an internship in a law firm in Ljubljana.
Interns & Volunteers
Ian Jaffe – Legal Program Coordinator
Ian Jaffe is an experienced employment lawyer with particular focus on migrants, refugee law and advocacy. His work has encompassed diverse industries including care-giving, construction and services. As ORAM’s Legal Program Coordinator, Mr. Jaffe concentrates on refugee status determination and legal publications research. He holds an M.A. in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies as well as undergraduate degrees in Law and Oriental and African Studies.
Luna Lara Liboni – Legal and Training Intern
Luna Lara Liboni holds a B.A. in International Relations & European Studies and a LL.M in International Human Rights. She focused her dissertation on “LGBTI asylum seekers in the European Union – The challenge of harmonization in the handling of claims related to sexual orientation and gender identity within the Common European Asylum System”. She currently collaborates with an Italian local NGO that works for the enhancement of LGBTI rights and she plans to pursue a career in the human rights field.