Sudan - COI

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Dr Tony Barnett 

Email: A [dot] S [dot] Barnettatlse [dot] ac [dot] uk 

Tony Barnett is Professorial Research Fellow in LSE Health and Social Care in the Department of Social Policy and holds is an honorary chair at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in economics, philosophy, social anthropology, sociology and political science. He is willing to discuss ethnicity claims made by Darfurians.

Dr Richard E. Lobban

Email: RLobbanatric [dot] edu

Phone: 00 1 401 467 2857

Richard A. Lobban is an anthropologist (and early pioneer in social network modeling), archaeologist, Egyptologist, Sudanist, foreign policy expert, and human rights activist. He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and African Studies at Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, and is also a lecturer at the Archaeological Institute of America and the Naval War College. He is an expert in Ancient Sudan and Ancient Egypt, with a particular focus on Nubia. Lobban has authored numerous books and publications, including the Historical Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval Nubia, Historical Dictionary of Sudan, Social Networks in Urban Sudan, Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde: Crioulo Colony to Independent Nation, Historical Dictionary of Cape Verde, and Middle Eastern Women and the Invisible Economy. 

Dr. Carolyn Fluehr- Lobban

Email:  efluehratric [dot] edu

Phone: (401) 467-2857

Dr.Carolyn Fluehr Lobban is a Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Rhode Island College as well an Adjunct Professor of African Studies and President of the World Affairs Council. She is a Sudanese expert and has authored and published numerous books and publications on Islamic Law and Society, Sudan`s War and Peace Agreements as well as on the National Islamic Front. Her particular research focus is on Women Rights, Gender Issues, Ethics and Human Rights. She is also an expert on other Middle Eastern countries, especially Egypt and Tunisia where she conducted fieldwork. With her husband Richard Lobban, she served as  an expert witnesses in the US for asylum cases for northern and southern Sudanese as well as for refugees from Egypt, Nigeria, Eritrea and Ethiopia for about 20 years. Those cases also included FGM cases and all of them have been won with a 100% success rate. Together with her husband she founded the Sudan Studies Association.  

Dr Samuel A Bekalo

Email: samuelatayele90 [dot] freeserve [dot] co [dot] uk or samuelbekaloathotmail [dot] com

Dr Samuel A Bekalo has conducted research and published widely on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan. He has lived and worked in the region and regularly visits the area since the 1960s. He has written over 100 expert and documentation authentication reports on these countries. His scholarly reports are based on first-hand experience and benefit from his knowledge of Amharic, Oromo, Arabic, Tigrinya, and Kiswahili. In recent years, Dr Bekalo has worked as a Research Fellow at the International School of Education of the University of Leeds (UK), where he was involved in the capacity building project North-South Higher Education Institutions Link programme for Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.

Mr Abdel-Rahman El-Mahdi

Email: arelmahdiatgmail [dot] com

Mr Mahdi is a professional development practitioner with over 15 years of experience in international development, anchored in NGO management and programming in Sudan, South Sudan and the Middle East. He has a strong and well-developed network across Sudan and South Sudan and is well attuned to the socio-political environment in these two countries.

Dr Kasia Grabska

Email: katarzyna [dot] grabskaatgraduateinstitute [dot] ch

Dr Kasia Grabska holds a PhD in development studies and anthropology from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She has been researching and teaching in the field of refugee and humanitarian studies since 2002. She is currently a Research Fellow Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a visiting lecturer at the Afhad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan. Her research areas include social transformations in exile among South Sudanese refugees, refugee repatriation from Kenya to South Sudan and adolescent girls' displacement and migration in Sudan and Ethiopia. 

Dr Jago Salmon

Email: jago [dot] salmonatgmail [dot] com

Sudan, Darfur, Northern Sudan

Dr Salmon is currently a programming specialist with the United Nations Development Program in Geneva focusing on post-conflict governance. He was previously based in Khartoum as a consultant for three years carrying out research in Darfur, Eastern Sudan and the Three protocol areas (Abyei, Blue Nile State, and Southern Kordofan State). Prior to this he was based at Humboldt University in Berlin as a researcher on the paramilitary forces affiliated with the state in Northern Sudan. Jago has 9 years of experience in research, consultancy and UN positions in North Sudan (including Darfur and Three Areas). His regional expertise is mainly in the Middle East/Africa (Sudan, Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt) and he is proficient in English, Italian, French, German and Arabic.

Dr Dianna J. Shandy

Dept. of Anthropology, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105, USA
Email: shandyatmacalester [dot] edu
Tel: (001) 651-696-6439

Darfur, Human Rights and Humanitarianism

Dr Shandy is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Macalester College (USA). She earned her MA, MPhil, and PhD in anthropology from Columbia University and completed her BS in languages, with certificates in African Studies and Russian Area Studies, at Georgetown University. She teaches courses on transnational migration and human rights and humanitarianism in Sudan and specifically the Darfur region and has published widely on issues around refugees and forced migration.

Dr Magnus Treiber

Department of Anthropology, University of Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany
Website: www.ethnologie.uni-bayreuth.de
Email: magnus [dot] treiberatethnologie [dot] lmu [dot] de

Ethiopian and Eritrean Migrants in Khartoum

Dr Treiber teaches at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, in the Department of Anthropology. Following his doctoral thesis on the life-world of young urbanites in Asmara/Eritrea (2005, University of Munich), he is currently engaged in a research project on “Dynamic Worlds of Imagination – Learning processes, knowledge and communication among young urban migrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia”, funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in the interdisciplinary research network “migration and knowledge (formig)”. He can provide country of origin information for Eritrean and Ethiopian migrants in Khartoum, Sudan.

Dr Jérôme Tubiana

Email: tubianaatgmail [dot] com

Dr Tubiana holds a PhD in African Studies and is a specialist on Sudan (in particular Darfur), Chad and the Horn of Africa. Over the past fifteen years he has conducted or participated in around twenty field research missions in northern and eastern Chad, western and South Sudan and eastern Niger, initially focusing on the Tubu and Beri peoples. Since 2004, Dr Tubiana has worked in Sudan and Chad as a research consultant for various NGOs as well as for the United States Institute of Peace, USAID, the African Union and the UN Security Council Panel on the Sudan. Jerome’s expertise lies in conflicts, causes of conflicts, armed movements and peace processes.

Dr Harry Verhoeven

Email: hv89atgeorgetown [dot] edu

Prof Harry Verhoeven teaches at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University. Prof Verhoeven completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford, where he was a postdoctoral fellow from 2012 to 2014 and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College from 2013 to 2014. His research focuses on conflict, development and the environment in Sudan, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region. He has collaborated with UNDP Sudan, and has published on hydropolitics, climate change and state-building in the country.  His research covers areas such as famine, emerging powers, Islamism, humanitarian intervention/responsibility to protect in Sudan and the region. A list of his publications can be found here: https://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/profile/harry-verhoeven.

Mr Peter Verney (FGM/C)

Email: peteratsudanupdate [dot] org 

Mr Verney has worked in and on Sudanese affairs since 1977, as a teacher, lecturer, aid and development worker, researcher and journalist. Editor of Sudan Update's news digest in the 1990s, he has written reports on Sudan up to the present day, including the first book to deal with oil and conflict. He was a special adviser on Darfur to the House of Commons' International Development Committee (2005), and has briefed the UN Environment Programme, RedR, Medecins Sans Frontieres, UK Ministry of Defence and Members of the European Parliament. He has written for Anti-Slavery International, Article 19, Index on Censorship, Minority Rights Group, the Oxford University Refugee Studies Programme website, US Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights, and Freemuse (World Conference on Music and Censorship). Since 1999 he has assisted over 1200 Sudanese asylum cases, with over 45 court appearances, including UK Country Guidance cases on Darfur and Coptic Christians. Listed as a “Sudan Country Expert” by the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) in Britain, he has also given evidence by telephone to US asylum courts.

Dr Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf (FGM/C)

rma57atgeorgetown [dot] edu

Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University and author of Female Circumcision: Multicultural Perspectives (Ed.) (University of Pennsylvania Press 2006); and Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan: Politics and the Body in a Squatter Settlement(U. of Chicago Press 2009). She has conducted research in Sudan with activists working to end FGM/C.  

Dr Nafisa M. Bedri (FGM/C)

nmbedriatgmail [dot] com

Dr Nafisa M. Bedri is Associate Professor in Women and Reproductive Health at Ahfad University for Women in Sudan. She has extensive experience in managing programmes and chairing of academic committees. A researcher and trainer in the field of gender, reproductive health, management, advocacy and policy analysis skills and has written and developed several publications and training materials in these fields. She carried out several researches at national and international level in the area of gender and women‘s health for different agencies including the WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS and others. She is an activist in the area of women's reproductive and sexual rights, maternal health, violence against women, FGM/C and HIV/AIDS.

Dr Anita Fábos (FGM/C)

AFabosatclarku [dot] edu

Anita Fábos is an anthropologist and associate professor at Clark University. She has worked and conducted research together with Muslim Arab Sudanese forced migrants in the Middle East, Europe, and the US. Formerly Director of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, and Programme Coordinator for MA Refugee Studies at the University of East London, Fábos’s scholarship explores transnational ethnic and religious identity, race, displacement and gender among Muslim refugees at a time of growing discourses of ‘security’ and ‘Islamic spiritual geography’. She has done action research with Sudanese women in Egypt on female genital surgeries (also known as FGM) and has written numerous articles and chapters about Sudanese experiences as forced migrants in the Arab world, Europe, and North America, including Embodying Transition: FGC, Displacement, and Gender-making for Sudanese in Cairo (in Feminist Review). Her book, ‘Brothers’ or Others? Propriety and Gender for Muslim Arab Sudanese in Egypt (2010) is published by Berghahn Books. Fábos is currently researching the transnational performance of Sudanese music in the diaspora.

Reports, Commentaries and relevant Documents.

  • Commentary on the June 2012 Sudan OGN. Published by Still Human, Still Here with commentaries on the Operational Guidance Notes (OGN) issued by the UK Border Agency on Sudan. This is intended as a tool to assist legal practitioners identify the relevant country of origin information and to help ensure that all relevant material is considered by decision-makers.
  • Commentary on the August 2011 Sudan OGN. Published by Still Human, Still Here with commentaries on the Operational Guidance Notes (OGN) issued by the UK Border Agency on Sudan. This is intended as a tool to assist legal practitioners identify the relevant country of origin information and to help ensure that all relevant material is considered by decision-makers.
  • Report: The Sudanese Communist Party provided by Frontiers Ruwad Association.

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