Advisory board


Brian Finlay is the managing director at the Stimson Center, and also directs the Center’s Managing Across Boundaries initiative. His areas of expertise include nonproliferation, transnational crime, counter-trafficking, and supply chain security. Previously he was senior researcher at the Brookings Institution, and a program officer at the Century Foundation. Prior to that he was project manager for the Laboratory Center for Disease Control/Health Canada, and worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Brian has authored and co-authored numerous books, monographs and reports, and is widely published in academic and policy journals and magazines.

Dr. Tomas Ries is senior lecturer at the Swedish National Defence College, and former director of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. His main interest is the globalising security environment. His career has included senior research positions at the National Defence College in Finland, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and the Institute for Defence Studies in Oslo, Norway. Tomas has also been deputy director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He has written two books and over one-hundred articles and research studies.

Richard Danziger is with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) since 1994, where he is currently IOM’s Chief of Mission for Afghanistan. He has previously managed IOM Missions in several countries in Asia. From 2004 to 2010 he was Head of IOM’s Counter Human Trafficking Division based in Geneva. Richard was IOM’s original focal point for the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime. He was a founding member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UNGIFT) and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime. He has lectured extensively on human trafficking and migrant protection. 

Dr. Louise Shelley is a University Professor at George Mason University where she directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center. She is a leading expert on the relationship among terrorism, organized crime and corruption as well as human trafficking, transnational crime and terrorism with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union. Louise also specializes in illicit financial flows and money laundering. She is the author three books as well as numerous articles and book chapters on transnational crime and corruption. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organised Crime.

Matthew Green is a journalist with Reuters, presently on a sabbatical to write his second book. Matthew has spent 14 years as a foreign correspondent on the ground in East Africa, West Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan for Reuters and the Financial Times. During this time he pursued several illicit trade related stories on the the heroin trade and Taliban finance. Matthew has also written for The Economist, The Times, The Literary Review and other publications, and appeared as a commentator on BBC. He was embedded with the US Marines during the invasion of Iraq, and is author of the book “The Wizard of the Nile – The Hunt for Africa’s Most Wanted” an investigative journey that led him to Jospeh Kony, the leader of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army.