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.
Staff Members in Berlin Office
Anja Limon – Programme Manager (Interim Executive Director)
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.