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    Advocacy Advisory Committee

    José Ugaz

    Criminal lawyer, Chair at Transparency International. José Ugaz directed the anticorruption prosecutor’s office during the “Fujimori-Montesinos case (2000-2002), which lead to the prosecution of the ex-president and dozens of State officers with charges related to corruption and criminal conspiracies. Also, his management allowed the investigation of 1.500 members of the Fujimori criminal network. 

    Edgar Gutiérrez

    Political analyst, journalist and advisor in strategy and security issues. Edgar Gutiérrez is the General Coordinator of the Instituto de Problemas Nacionales de la Univeridad de San Carlos (National Issues Institute, San Carlos University), IPNUSAC, Guatemala.

    From 2002 to 2004, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala, and during this period, he was part of the board of “Libro de Defensa” [Defence book], and the negotiation of an antinarcotic bilateral agenda with the US government.   

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    Journalist Advisory Committee

    Nelufar Hedayat

    Nelufar Hedayat is an Afghan-British journalist. She has made several documentaries around the world for the BBC and Channel 4. In the six years Nelufar worked for the BBC, she presented, co-produced and wrote documentaries for television and radio. She also presented and hosted the flagship live news programme Newsround for 3 years, winning an award for her short film The Kids of Kabul.

    Currently, she is the host at Fusion's "The Traffickers", a documentary series exploring transnational criminal networks worldwide.






    Enrique Acevedo

    This journalist has been called a “Global Media Leader” and a “anticorruption activist”. Enrique Acevedo is a Mexican Investigative journalist at Univision and a reporter for FUSION Media Group. He has covered major news stories around the world, including the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan; the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa; the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, and the drug wars in Mexico and Latin America. 

    Francisco Gómez

    Mexican journalist, specialist in topics such as drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico. He has collaborated with the journal El Universal, in the Justice section, writing about security issues in Mexico. In 2008, Francisco Gómez won the national award of journalism “José Pagés Llergo”, as an acknowledgment to his investigative career, discovering and analyzing drug trafficking structures infiltrated in Mexican security agencies.

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    Scientific Advisory Committee

    Robert Bunker

    Dr. Robert J. Bunker is an Adjunct Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA and Adjunct Faculty, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. He is a past Futurist in Residence, Behavioral Research and Instruction Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, Quantico, VA, and a past Distinguished Visiting Professor and Minerva Chair at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. Dr. Bunker holds degrees in political science, government, social science, behavioral science, anthropology-geography, and history, has taken hundreds of hours of specialized counter-terrorism training, and has hundreds of publications.

    Annette Hüblesche-Finc

    Postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Criminology. There, she is setting up the Environmental Security Observatory (ESO), a joint initiative of the Centre, the Global Risk Governance Programme (located in the Institute for Humanities in Africa at UCT) and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Her current research focuses on the governance of safety and security, with a specific focus on illegal wildlife economies and the ecosystems that support them, as well as their intersections with legal economies.  

    Annette has also worked as a researcher, consultant, and practitioner on a variety of organized crime, environmental security and broader African security issues. She also acts as a senior research advisor to the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

    John P. Sullivan

    Police officer, Lieutenant at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. John P. Sullivan is a senior fellow researcher in the Center of Advanced Studies in Terrorism (CAST) and in the Small Wars Journal-El Centro.  He has a PhD in Information and Knowledge Society from the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). Currently, his investigations are focused on the impact of transnational organized crime over Mexico’s and other countries sovereignties.

    Charles Goredema

    Charles Goredema is the chief consultant and director of the Informed Solutions to Economic Crime in Africa (ISECA). Charles has over 20 years experience in advising policy makers, law enforcement practitioners and private corporations on strategies against economic and financial crime. He also worked as a senior research fellow for the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).  At the ISS, Charles headed a programme which studied and reported on trends of transnational crime, money laundering and illicit financial transfers in Africa.

    Most of his recent work focuses on the challenges of preventing and regulating money laundering in Eastern and Southern Africa. 

    Georgi Petrunov

    Georgi Petrunov is a graduate in Sociology (2003) and Global Studies (2005) from the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2007). His research has been focused in organized crime studies. Currently supports the team of investigators at Risk Monitor in Bulgaria.

    Nikolay Yanev

    Nikolay Yanev is a graduate of the University of Sofia and the New Bulgarian University. Hes has worked in the administration of the Operartional programme "Human Resource Development" (European Structural Funds). Cosultant of the Ministry of Education and Science, Pepublic of Bulgaria (2014-2015). Project manager, consultant and researcher for RiskMonitor Foundation. Consultant to the project department of the University of Sofia. Nikolay Yanev is a lecturer in the MA Program "European Projects", University of Sofia. Author of the "Black Book of Bulgarian Corruption", Sofia, 2014.

    Luis Astorga

    Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Paris I. Luis Astorga is researcher at the Institute of Social Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; coordinator of the UNESCO Chair “Economic and social transformations connected with the international drug problem”; member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) and the Mexican Academy of Sciences (AM). He has published many books, chapters in books, and articles about drug trafficking in Mexico in scientific journals from Mexico, the United States of America, Colombia, France, Italy, India, Great Britain, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and The Netherlands.

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