“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Trustees

The Board of Trustees is accountable to the ENS membership, and has responsibility to oversee the governance of the Network with an operational focus on finance, funding, recruitment/management and reporting.

Gábor Gyulai

Gábor has been working in the field of asylum since 2000. After working for two years at the UNHCR Representation in Hungary, he joined the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, where he currently works as the director of the Refugee Programme and as an international trainer. His main fields of research and professional interest are nationality and statelessness; evidence and credibility assessment in asylum procedures; intercultural, language, gender and other interdisciplinary issues in the forced migration context; communication and media work; as well as human rights and refugee law education, including innovative teaching methods. In recent years, he has trained several hundreds of lawyers, judges, professors, asylum officers, police staff and social workers on these issues in various countries throughout Europe, Latin America and North Africa. He is a listed expert with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), and has collaborated in various frameworks with the UNHCR and the Open Society Justice Initiative. He is a founding member and the President of ENS.

 

Jack Heriz-Smith

Jack began his career supporting and then conducting executive search in emerging markets, working with the world's largest multinational companies to find and hire local business leaders across Sub Saharan Africa. In 2015, he transitioned into building corporate partnerships for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, and spent three years developing new fundraising relationships as well as managing ongoing ones. Since November 2018, he has been working at Shelter to develop long-term strategic corporate partnerships that raise money for the various services the organisation provides, whilst seeking out opportunities for those companies to add real value beyond just fundraising.

 

Ivanka Kostic

Ivanka is founder and Executive Director of Praxis and a lawyer with significant experience in the field of human rights and forced migration. She lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. Ivanka investigated war crimes and human rights violations for the Humanitarian Law Centre before working for the Norwegian Refugee Council as a senior lawyer for the Civil Rights Project. Later, as Project Manager she oversaw efforts to improve conditions for the influx of refugees and persons displaced by the conflict in former Yugoslavia by providing legal assistance and advocacy. Now, at Praxis, Ivanka continues to work on forced migration, statelessness, discrimination and access to social and economic rights in Serbia. In addition, she has worked to advance cross-border cooperation among the Western Balkan states and increase connections internationally.

 

Jean Lambert

Jean served as a British Member of the European Parliament between 1999 and 2019. During her tenure she worked on issues ranging from free movement and social inclusion to asylum and immigration, from energy and sustainability to human rights and peace. As a member of the Civil Liberties and Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Jean has focused in protecting the rights of migrants and asylum seekers, including making statelessness a priority for the cross-party group on children’s rights to ensure no child is left stateless. She was one of the first parliamentarians to work on the issue of climate displacement. In 2005, Jean was recognised for her work and was selected the top MEP for Justice and Human Rights by Parliament Magazine. Jean was also nominated for the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award, awarded annually by the UN Refugee Agency.

 

Allan Leas (Chair)

Allan left South Africa in 1979 and was granted asylum on the grounds of his refusal to serve in the SADF. In London he was a founder member of the Committee on South African War Resisters, a period during which he worked for the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the ANC. In 1989 he joined the Refugee Council. For sixteen years he then worked for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). Following this he undertook a one year consultancy for the Dutch Council for Refugees. For a three year period he worked as Executive Director of Africa Middle East Refugee Assistance. (AMERA). In 2012/13 he returned to ECRE as Acting Secretary General. As a consultant to the voluntary sector he has worked for many organisations, including OSI, UNHCR, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad and others. He has recently retired as an Adviser to the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and is a Trustee for the Afghan and Central Asian Association. He has just finished producing a film on Emergency Resettlement for UNHCR and will be soon embarking on a similar film on refugee Integration. Allan is a published writer of educational history books and a performed playwright.

Anila Noor

Anila is a refugee-activist, TEDx speaker and a researcher based in the Netherlands. She graduated from Erasmus University Netherlands and is the founder of the New Women Connectors, a movement striving for mainstreaming the unheard voices of migrant and refugee women living across Europe. She also works as a consultant advising institutions on engagement projects related to inclusion and diversity. She is a former fellow of the Open Society Foundation and a former member of European Migrant Advisory Board. In her previous role she worked as a policy advisor on integration for the City of Amsterdam. She found herself involved in issues related to forced migration and identity crisis as a result of going through similar experiences. She is passionate about her work with refugee, migrant and stateless communities, to help increase their participation in policy-making processes affecting their access to rights.

 
 

Daniel O'Connor (Treasurer)

Daniel is a career banker with extensive experience within treasury management. He currently works for Cynergy bank as their Senior Treasury Analyst managing the banks liquidity and market risks. He previously worked at HSBC where he held several senior positions including the Deputy Treasurer role in the Channel Islands. Dan has a keen interest in global markets and current affairs.

 

Maurice Wren

Maurice joined the British Refugee Council as Chief Executive in March 2013, having previously been the Director of Asylum Aid (2002 – 2013) and a Trustee of the Refugee Council (2007-2012). Prior to joining Asylum Aid, Maurice held senior positions in the homelessness and housing field at Shelter and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT). Maurice was a cofounder of, and expert adviser to, the Independent Asylum Commission (2007-09); an expert adviser to the Centre for Social Justice enquiry into the UK asylum system ‘Asylum Matters’ (2007-08); a cofounder and member of the co-ordination group of Detention Forum (2009-present); and a member of the Home Office and Ministry of Justice’s Early Legal Advice Project Board (2010-2013). He is presently co-Chair of the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum at the Home Office, Chair of the Refugee Week Steering Group, a Trustee of Migrant Voice and of the newly established NGO Every Casualty.