The Advisory Group is a small non-executive body formed to provide specialist advice on data collection methods, theoretical and applied statistics, policy and advocacy strategies, and specific sensitivities related to working with refugee communities and vulnerable groups.
David is currently employed by the University of Portsmouth where he lectures in moral and political philosophy. David's interest in research ethics spans nearly 30 years. He is a long-standing chair of an NHS research ethics committee, a member of the British Psychological Society Ethics Committee and has had numerous other similar roles. David has acted in the capacity of ethics adviser to several large projects including DfID sponsored research; he is particularly interested in ethical challenges arising from qualitative research, specifically ethnography, where participants are valued as co-researchers, in action research designed to bring about positive change. David's own research is in the field of research ethics, with a particular focus on virtue ethics. Most recent publication: David Carpenter (2017). The Quest for Generic Ethics Principles in Social Science Research, in Ron Iphofen FAcSS (ed.) Finding Common Ground: Consensus in Research Ethics Across the Social Sciences (Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity, Volume 1) Emerald Publishing Limited, pp.3 - 17. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S2398-601820170000001001
Denise Charlton is a non-executive director, working with organisations on strategic management, organisational development, leadership development and professional/ team coaching. She helps identify strategic opportunities and works with clients to develop a clear vision of what can be achieved. She provides project planning and management, team and leadership development and the use of strategic communications. She has a keen interest and advises national and internationally in the areas of migration and integration, anti-discrimination and diversity, LGBT rights, gender equality, with a specific focus on gender based violence.
Formally the CEO of the Immigrant Council, Denise Charlton, is now a consultant, with over 25 years working in the field of equality, human rights and anti-discrimination and integration issues. Denise became Chief Executive Officer of the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) in 2003. Prior to that, she was the Director of Women's Aid, Dublin, an organisation working on issues related to gender based violence. In both roles, she has been involved in representation at local, national and international levels on social justice issues. She has been involved in several European Commission projects specifically in the area of integration, immigration and human trafficking. Roles have included the focal national expert for the EU's European Web Site on Integration, country coordinator for ENOTES, an EU observatory on human trafficking, and Irish expert to the European Women's Lobby Observatory on violence against women. Denise is the Irish Expert nominated to the European Commission Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings. Denise has overseen research projects nationally and internationally on immigration, integration, gender and migration, gender based violence, access to justice and human trafficking.
With an academic background in human rights and migration studies, Lewis has spent more than five years working with refugees and displaced persons. He is currently working to support unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the United Kingdom through the Refugee Befriending Service of the British Red Cross. Prior to this, Lewis worked for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) as a counter-trafficking assistant in the Republic of Moldova.
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Oiginally from Syria, Sarah currently holds refugee status in Berlin, Germany. Previously a member of the Syrian national swimming team, Sarah is a human rights and women's rights activist and a motivational speaker. She has recently returned to Berlin after a year volunteering in Lesvos as a member of the search and rescue shore team with Emergency Response Center International. She is currently studying humanities and politics in Berlin where she hopes one day to attend Harvard Law School. Sarah believes in the power of people to effect long lasting change.
Eva Cossé works on issues related to discrimination, migration, refugee and minority rights with a focus on Greece. Her most recent work has included research and advocacy around the refugee and migration crisis in Greece, including on the humanitarian crisis for asylum seekers on the Greek islands; risks of harassment and sexual violence faced by women and girls seeking asylum in Greece; the unlawful detention of unaccompanied children; and the lack of access to services for refugees with disabilities across the country. She has also worked on police abuse and other rights violations of the homeless, people who use drugs and sex workers in downtown Athens, ethnic profiling in Greece and France, xenophobic violence in Greece, summary returns of asylum seekers and migrant children from Italy to Greece, and the unlawful detention of migrants and asylum seekers, including children, in Malta. Cossé has previous work experience from the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe. She holds a Law degree from the Université Paris 13, a master’s degree in European Law from the Université Paris 12, and a master’s degree in International Law from Université Paris 10. She is fluent in Greek, French, and English.
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Dr Fionnuala Finnerty
Dr Fionnuala Finnerty is a specialist registrar in sexual health and HIV at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, UK. She undertook her medical training at the University of Leicester where she gained experience of working with migrant and refugee populations. She is a member of the Royal College Physicians. She is the specialist registrar representive on the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) sexual violence special interest group and is currently involved in national guideline writing. Her areas of interest are sexual and reproductive healthcare provision in vulnerable populations especially refugee women, care of survivors of sexual assault and the prevention of sexual and gender based violence and child sexual exploitation.
Ozlem has three years of field experience working with women survivors of gender-based violence. For the last five years, she has been working as a consultant and trainer to raise awareness about gender equality and violence against women and girls including harmful practises such as female genital mutilation, early and forced marriages, and ‘honour’-based violence. Having worked at UNHCR in Turkey with Syrian refugees, she has experience in responding to the needs of refugees in terms of access to health and medication, education, and family reunification as well as protection issues. Ozlem holds a BA degree in International Relations and an MBA degree. She also has an MA degree in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex.
Mina Jaf, born in Iraqi Kurdistan, is a grass-root activist and international advocate for the rights of women and girls affected by conflict and displacement, for over ten years. She is the recipient of the Courage Award by Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) in New York and has recently founded Women’s Refugee Route (WRR) - a Denmark based NGO that works to empower female refugees to become effective self-advocates and shape refugee, asylum and migration policies.
For the past couple of years, Spyros-Vlad has been working at the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), where he has been researching and advocating on matters relevant to the rights of refugees and displaced persons in Greece and the EU. With his primary focus being on the effects of the EU-Turkey-Statement on the Greek systems of Reception and Asylum, he has also worked in the fields of hate crimes and discrimination, countering rigid misconceptions/representations of the reasons of “irregular” migration, and systemic barriers to the inclusion of minority groups. Past relevant experience and background include an internship at the Protection Unit of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and postgraduate studies in the UK and Greece, in the fields of Critical Studies and International Relations.
Usama Khilji is an activist and researcher based in Pakistan, where he is Director of Bolo Bhi, a free speech and digital rights advocacy organisation. He was a Chevening scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he studied Comparative Politics. Usama mentored unassisted Afghan asylum-seekers with the Afghan Association of Paiwand in London, and has been associated with Refugee Rights Europe as a Pashto translator, digital media associate, and field researcher in Calais, France.
Eva is a human rights professional with five years experience in advocating for the rights of refugees in Europe. She has gained deep insights into the situation of displaced people across Europe as project manager at the refugee rights organisation Flüchtlingsrat NRW in Germany, as organiser at the independent community centre Trampoline House in Copenhagen, as well as as volunteer in Calais, where she contributes to the Human Rights Observation project to document human rights violations of displaced people in northern France. Originally from Germany and Portugal, Eva is deeply interested in finding European solutions and in advocating for European migration policies which promote the human rights of all people without exception. She has worked at the Western Europe Desk of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Brussels, and is a member of the European and African civil society network Migreurop contributing to its Close the Camps campaign against immigrant detention. Eva is currently based in the UK, where she supports young people in building a strong movement for migrants' rights at UK and Irish universities.
Steve is a senior executive in transformation and development, with publicly recognised successes in critical public sector initiatives, and breakthroughs working with major international corporate partners. His commitment to public works has included the urgent rescue of national healthcare provider transformation, and numerous voluntary, mentoring and advisory roles. Steve has recognised expertise in large scale influence of stakeholder opinions to mobilise behind various themes and programmes of work. Steve is intimate with the migrant experience, and is a resolute supporter of migrant rights, whereby he aims to encourage his broad and influential network to drive for culture change, so that societies may discover and embrace migrants for their positive contribution and influence. Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and holds a CBA (WBS), contributing as a Business Ambassador for Strategy and Consulting to Warwick Business School.
Storm is currently a consultant in the third sector with diverse experiences working at a grassroots, national and international level. She has gained valuable insights through working in a variety of organisations including London Youth, UN World Food Programme, and Bite The Ballot. She began her career in the youth sector, specialising in encouraging young peoples involvement in governance. This included leading the development of a £10million employability programme for young people facing the toughest barriers getting into work. Storm continues to work in the youth sector and on development projects. She has worked with refugees and asylum seekers for over four years volunteering at the British Red Cross as a project worker and caseworker for young people, and at the UN World Food Programme in Uganda in the Emergency Response. She is dedicated to supporting refugees and asylum seekers and advocating for a better response to situation in Europe.
Jihad is a Lebanese Researcher in the field of religious law and intercommunal relations. He has been involved in designing and implementing educational programmes for NGOs working on peace, diversity, and integrity, He managed two field researches on Syrian refugees in Lebanon in 2015.
Gulwali Passarlay is an Afghan political refugee currently residing in the UK. He left Afghanistan in 2006 and recently graduated with a degree in Politics from the University of Manchester. A Global Youth Ambassador for global children's charity Theirworld, Gulwali has a long history of campaigning and leadership roles, including being the President of the United Afghan Peace Movement, Chairperson of the Afghan Youth Movement, Patron of the Separated Child Foundation, Commissioner of The Children's Society, and Ambassador of various organisations, including being the Olympics Torch-bearer, and NHS Youth Forum. An award-winning activist, Gulwali has garnered the Distinguished Achievement Award (Student of the Year), Collaborative Leadership Award, and among others, the Manchester Leadership Gold Award, in recognition of his leadership and positive contribution. He has told his story of life as a refugee in his autobiography: "The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee's Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey Across Half The World", on TV channels such as BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Channel 4 News, itv, Russia Today, in print media such as The Guardian, Time Magazine, The Independent, The Scotsman, and at events such as TEDx. As a fervent advocate for many social justice issues and causes, Gulwali was nominated for the 2016 Nansen Refugee Award by the UNHCR.
Eleanor has volunteered with Refugee Rights Europe since January 2016 and works in the Human Rights Unit at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Before that, she worked at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and for different civil society organisations in Cambodia. Eleanor has a Graduate Diploma in Law (BPP Law School), MA in Legal and Political Theory (UCL) and BA in Politics and History (Durham University).
Bobby Lloyd is a visual artist, UK HCPC registered art therapist, senior supervisor, educator and collaborator working in the UK and internationally since the early 1990’s. As CEO of Art Refuge UK she has led its project in Calais, northern France, since 2015, using art therapy, crisis intervention and arts-based psychosocial support, developing with her team innovative and imaginative ways to work effectively with refugees living in transit on the France-UK border who face ongoing exposure to hostility and homelessness. She has a wealth of experience in working in areas of political conflict and social upheaval, as well as with asylum seekers and refugees both in transit and once settled. She is committed to training and collaborating on projects and ideas, particularly in relation to the safe use of creative tools when working in the field.
Johanna is a project development, research and advocacy specialist from Finland, currently based in Lebanon. Johanna has a solid background in human rights and theories of social change, and has worked with local and international NGOs in Jordan, Greece, Uganda and Ukraine. She holds a BSc in Sociology and an MA in Human Rights and Democratic Governance, and is passionate about researching and observing power and control in societies.
Fida is a gender expert and researcher from Palestine. She is a Chatham House Academy Associate, former Gender Director at Care West Bank & Gaza, and an Assistant Professor at Birzeit University in Palestine. Fida brings a gender lens and invaluable expertise through the Project through her extensive research experience.
Hannah has been working with refugees and migrants in the USA as well as across Europe for more than a decade. Currently, she works in Germany as a Project Coordinator at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN’s migration agency. Prior to that she worked at Kiron, a social enterprise providing refugees with access to higher education. She holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics with a focus on migration policies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the City College of New York at CUNY where she also received the prestigious Colin Powell Fellowship.
Seth Wolpin holds a PhD in public health and has served on the research and clinical faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle since 2004. He has a strong background in health literacy, health informatics, survey design, user-centered design, and technology solutions in healthcare. His research interests in refugee health extend to data collection methods, wayfinding applications, and improved approaches to organizational health literacy.
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Cara Sanquest holds an LLM in Law from Trinity College Dublin and works as Campaigns and Research Manager for a Labour MP. Cara has experience in campaigning and digital and has worked in management consulting at Accenture, Digital Transformation at Save the Children UK, and at Localgiving where she supported small charities to use technology to engage supporters and raise money. Cara co-founded the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign which led a global digital campaign called #HomeToVote for the Irish referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, and was part of the fundraising and digital teams of Together for Yes. Cara is interested in refugee rights and has volunteered with the Irish Immigrant Support Network (Nasc) where she carried out primary research into the conditions of direct provision and the experience of residents in reporting complaints.
When the humanitarian crisis unfolded in Calais, Northern France, Josie's instinct was to use her experience of social media and her established career in the music industry in order to support vulnerable groups neglected on Britain's doorstop. Three years later, Josie is Co-founder and CEO of Help Refugees, a non-profit organisation funding over 80 projects across Europe and the Middle East. Working closely with Lord Alf Dubs, Josie is a leading advocate for refugee rights in the UK and has lead the fight to reopen the Dubs amendment; a legislation offering sanctuary to unaccompanied children stranded across Europe.