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.
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.
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 in admin & HR in a Korean company in Iraq. Liam has always been passionate about the rights of LGBTIQ refugees.
Interns & Volunteers
Anna Fontanini – Legal/Research Intern
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. Before joining ORAM, she was part of the Wefugees team, a German online platform that provides answers to the basic needs of newcomers. In France, she worked as a cultural mediator and protection officer with Doctor of the World in Calais refugee camp. 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.
Eva Martin – Administrative Intern
Eva holds a Master degree in Political Science with a major on Geostrategy, Security and Defence from the Institute of Political Science of Aix en Provence (France) and the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya (Israel). Based on her experiences in Amman and Istanbul, she wrote a Master thesis on the influence of refugee welcoming policies on State power in Jordan and Turkey. She has been involved with several human rights organizations working with refugees since 2015, and founded her own student organization for the promotion of refugee rights in France.
Lena Fields – Research & Publication Intern
Lena Fields holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis on information and operations management from the University of Colorado. Whilst in Colorado she worked as an account manager at a Fortune 500 marketing consultancy firm, and as a legal assistant at a probate and estate planning law firm. She will start a Juris Doctor program at the University of Denver in August 2018. She plans to work in the field of immigration or civil rights law.
Thomas Borscok – Legal & Research Intern
Thomas Borcsok is ORAM’s 2018 Prof. Nicole La Violette legal intern, currently pursuing a Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the University of Ottawa (Canada) Faculty of Law. Before joining ORAM, he was a researcher at a University of Ottawa legal clinic working on legal interventions at the intersection of refugee and criminal law. He also holds a B.A. in both Criminology and History.