Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, Chairperson.
Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, Emerata Professor and Associate, is a legal anthropologist who founded/directed the Refugee Studies Centre (1982-96) at Oxford University. Previously she conducted research in West Africa from 1967-1982, while employed by the Departments of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh & University of Illinois-Urbana, USA, the Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden, Holland, the Faculty of Law, University of Warwick, and the American Universities Field Staff.
On retirement from the Refugee Studies Centre, she conducted research in Kenya and Uganda (1997-2000) where she was Honorary Fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research and fonuded, with others, the Refugee Law Project. She then went on to live in Egypt where was Honorary Adjunct Professor, American University in Cairo (AUC) – 2000-2008. There she also began providing legal aid for refugees, first at African Studies, AUC, then at the the local NGO for Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights. After two years it was transformed into African and Middle East Refugee Assistance or AMERA Egypt.
Barbara is also an awardee of the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology awarded by the American Anthropologist Association, and was awarded appointed an Honorary Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford in 2004, and the Lucy Mair medal for applied anthropology in 2014. She is now responsible for the information portal,www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org which promotes legal assistance for refugees around the world. In July 2016, she was awarded an honorary doctorate at the School of African and Asian Studies (SOAS).
David Johnston, Treasurer.
David is Managing Director of Applied Network Solutions (ANS). He is architect of case management solutions for a variety of legal firms and refugee charities, as well as an expert in web-based library solutions, search engines, electronic survey solutions and the use of web technologies.
He supported Refugee Migrant and Justice (RMJ) for 15 years and was the architect of Refugee Information Processing System (RIPS) – a secure web-based refugee case management system. David offers IT consultancy, development, training and programming expertise. David adapted the RIPS programme to user needs of AMERA Egypt and since that time has been making it freely available to assist law firms and NGOs who work with refugees. See:insert link to RIPS
David is also interested in healthcare solutions and has designed solutions for oncology, theatre management and endoscopy departments. His company currently hosts the Global Spine Tumour Study Group (GSTSG) patient record system. GSTSG is headquartered at University College London NHS Trust, a leading teaching hospital in the UK. David also mentors computer science postgraduate students at Coventry, Kingston and Solent Universities, and is also committed to training apprentices.
Oliver Tringham, Secretary
Oliver Tringham’s first interest in refugees began in in Tunisia during the multi-national exodus from Libya in 2011. With colleagues, he set up Network Dhikra in Remada which trained local women in holding creative workshops for children, teenagers and women at the UNHCR-run camp for Libyans. Following closure of the camp, he continued to work with Sister Merce of the Choucha camp where, along with refugee community leaders, he helped write a report on the deficiencies of UNHCR’s application of Refugee Status Determination at Choucha camp. With a Tunisian partner, Oliver set up a local integration project in Tataouine – Peace in the Desert – for refused or rejected refugees from Choucha.
In February 2015, Oliver took part in an exploratory mission with Maud Depresle, a French lawyer working with Droit et Justice and training its staff to provide legal assistance for refugees in Morocco. This mission was an effort to look for potential hosts for a similar programme in Tunisia.
Zakaria Mobariz has a BA in Information Systems Administration and is accredited with several lead institutes, including Microsoft and APMG-International.
He has more than a decade of experience assisting enterprises, NGOs and international relief organisations with technologies to facilitate and improve their services. Zakaria started his humanitarian career working for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in 2007 he was responsible for setting up the IT systems for this project as well as other projects in Egypt. In 2009 he worked at AMERA as IT Manager and became more involved in responding to refugees’ needs. He founded NGO IT Services which provides free IT services to not-for-profit organisations. He lives in London and works for an international development consultancy agency that implements humanitarian projects, with a particular focus on the EMEA region.
Martin Jones is a lecturer in international human rights law at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York (UK). His research and teaching focuses mainly on the role of legal frameworks, institutions, processes and professionals in the protection of refugees, particularly in the Global South. Martin has previously taught and served as a visiting researcher at law schools in Canada, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Egypt and Australia.
Before becoming an academic, Martin practised refugee law in Canada where he represented refugee claimants at all levels of proceedings. He has been involved with refugee legal aid organisations through the Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network, by providing training on refugee law and advocacy to legal aid organisations in more than a dozen countries and, by co-founding the Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights (EFRR). He is currently Vice Chair of EFRR.
Fiona Cameron is director of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum where she leads a team of more than 30 staff to deliver advocacy and support services to refugees and asylum seekers. Fiona drives an ambitious programme of organisational development, delivering a 100% increase in funding in two years and dealing with funders, including Comic Relief, Big Lottery, Lloyds Bank Foundation, the EU and local authorities. Projects include a busy advice drop in, legal advice and support in accessing healthcare services, as well as one of the largest Syrian resettlement programmes in the UK.
She has previously worked with refugees in Egypt, South Sudan and the UK in both camp and urban settings. Since returning to the UK in 2012 she has worked for the British Red Cross, and she was also instrumental in setting up the Refugee Legal Project at the University of Bedfordshire. She is the current Chair of the Advisory Board of StARS (St Andrew’s Refugee Services), a refugee services provider in Cairo.
Tabea Dilling is a German lawyer with an additional degree in Human Rights Law. Her role in AMERA International is to promote the Refugee Information Processing System. Tabea also worked with AMERA Egypt in 2012 where she conducted research about acts of persecution in South Sudan and supported asylum applications with independent reports. Besides her expertise in human rights, she worked for an international law firm in Pune (India), Cairo, Geneva, Oxford and Germany. She currently works for the Oxford Intensive School of Language (OISE) – using her research, communication and marketing skills to promote the organisation. Academically, she focused on how to strengthen the rule of law through the wording of international conventions.
Nava Hinrichs is managing director of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration – an independent, not-for-profit organisation which brings together diverse stakeholders to seek solutions to migration and refugee challenges. Nava was a guest lecturer for Refugee Law and Human Rights Law at the Maastricht University and a visiting lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She also worked as a legal advisor for AMERA Egypt, where she represented individuals for refugee status determination cases before the UNHC Cairo Office and managed cases related to unaccompanied minors.
Sarah Holmes, Administrator
Sarah is a communications’ professional with many years’ experience working for a range of companies – including Barclays, British Telecom, Marks & Spencer, Inmarsat, Allen & Overy LLP and NHS Estates. Latterly she has been working in the not for profit sector providing a range of organisations with communications’ and administration expertise.
LLB, LLM. Barrister, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Professor Guglielmo Verdirame
Professor of International Law at King’s College, London.
Department of War Studies and the School of Law.