Based in London, Elizabeth Frantz is the program officer for Asia and the Middle East for the Open Society International Migration Initiative. She oversees a grantmaking program focused on reducing exploitation of migrant workers and promoting more just and equitable working conditions.
Frantz has been working with Open Society since 2008, when she started consulting for the Arab Regional Office in Jordan on projects aiming to safeguard migrants’ rights. She completed a PhD in anthropology in 2011 from the London School of Economics, where she specialized in labor, migration, and the political economy of development. Her PhD thesis examined labor migration from South Asia to the Arab region through a focus on Sri Lankan domestic workers in Jordan. She has carried out research on issues relating to migrants in Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.