About

I am a conservationist and scientist with a professional background in intelligence, risk management and compliance, and targeting illicit networks. 

Since 2016, I have served as senior analyst and head of intelligence and analysis for the United for Wildlife Transport and Financial Taskforces, a program of the Royal Foundation that uses high-level commitments combined with actionable intelligence to mobilize the worlds’ shipping, transport, and financial industries to help defeat global wildlife trafficking. In 2019, I joined the Basel Institute on Governance to continue and expand this work.

I am also a tenured professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and an adjunct professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Prior to this, my career has spanned both research and practice.  Until 2016, I was based in Africa heading up counter wildlife trafficking initiatives for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and previously worked in the field for the US Defense Department on African / Indian Ocean region security and threat finance issues. 

As an expert practitioner, I have worked extensively with leaders of global companies and major public sector and civil society organizations to create cost-effective knowledge-driven solutions to complex challenges, in particular relating to:

  • Environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation.

  • Risks to global supply and value chains, especially those driven by criminal, social, and geopolitical factors.

  • Compliance and due diligence in complex, multi-jurisdictional contexts.

As an academic and scientist, in addition to my current appointments, I have previously held research and academic faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins University (Applied Physics Laboratory), US National Defense University, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of St Andrews. My academic research focuses on documenting the key historical and socio-political drivers of illicit and threat finance and the impact of transnational organized crime and corruption in the destruction of the nature environment.

 

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