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Founders

GRETCHEN PETERS

Founder & Executive Director, CINTOC

Gretchen’s expertise is in researching and mapping transnational organized crime networks, and pinpointing ways to defeat them. She has worked with U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command as well as multiple conservation groups. Gretchen co-chaired an OECD Task Force on flighting wildlife crime, and authored the groundbreaking book, Seeds of Terror, about the Taliban’s role in the Afghan heroin trade…

AMR AL AZM

Founder & Board Member, The Day After Project

Amr was educated in the UK, reading Archaeology of Western Asiatics at University College, London (UCL), and graduating with a doctoral degree in 1991. He was the founder and Director of the Scientific and Conservation Laboratories at the General Department of Antiquities and Museums (1999-2004) and taught at the University of Damascus until 2006…

DAMIEN HUFFER

Osteoarchaeologist & Expert in the Antiquities Trade

Damien is a postdoctoral fellow (2017 – 2019) within the Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory, Department of Archaeology & Classical Studies, Stockholm University. From 2014 – 2016, he was awarded the Stable Isotope Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute/Division of Anthropolo…

Kathleen Miles

Director of Analysis, CINTOC

Kathleen is a leading authority on transnational organized crime networks in sub-Saharan Africa. She has developed and provided on-the-job training to analysts across the continent, instructing them in complex link and network analysis. Previously, Kathleen consulted to the U.S. intelligence, law enforcement, and military communities. Her work focused on illicit networks, money laundering and financial analytic…

Katie A. Paul

Anthropologist & Research Analyst

Katie is an anthropologist and research analyst and an affiliated researcher with The Day After Heritage Protection Initiative (TDA-HPI). Her work focuses on the trafficking and destruction of cultural property and its connections to transnational crime and terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa. Katie focuses on the role of social media and new technologies in monitoring and recording trafficking in nations in crisis…

SEAN WILLIAMSON

Executive Director, ATLAS Humanitarian Rescue

Sean Williamson is a classically trained economist from New York University’s Stern School of Business who happens to also be a Green Beret with multiple deployments to South East Asia and Afghanistan.

Leveraging his experience as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant, Sniper, and an instructor of firearms and tactics….

SHAWN GRAHAM

Associate Professor & Expert Researcher

Shawn is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. He teaches classes on digital history and its methodologies, and ancient history. He received his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the School of Human and Environmental Sciences at the University of Reading in 2002. In the intervening years, he worked professionally as a heritage consultant, a teacher, and an entrepreneur…

Experts

DAVID L ROBERTS

After completing a Ph.D. in orchid conservation at the University of Aberdeen, Dave spent over 8 years working as an orchid specialist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This role included giving expert opinion on trade, evidence in court and researching online trade. During this time he also held the Hardy Fellowship in Conservation Biology at Harvard University. In 2010 Dave moved to the Durrell Institute of Conservation …

TIM K. MACKEY

Director, Global Health Policy Institute

Tim Ken Mackey is the Director of the Global Health Policy Institute, an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine, the Director of Healthcare Research and Policy at UC San Diego – Extension, and is the Director for Healthcare Research and Policy at UC San Diego – Extension. He holds a …

DR. SAMUEL HARDY

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Cultural Heritage and Conflicts, Norwegian Institute in Rome, University of Oslo

Cultural property criminologist, specialising in the illicit trade in antiquities, the destruction of cultural property, and the politics and ethics of cultural heritage work in conflict zones and divided societies. Experienced in research in challenging environments – Turkey….

DANIEL STILES

Independent Wildlife Trade Investigator

Dan studied anthropology and archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Aix-Marseille in France, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1981, and has lectured at UC Berkeley, University of Nairobi, University of Paris X and Oxford University, focusing on past and present human ecology and evolution…

FIONA MACLEOD

Investigative Environmental Journalist, Founder of Oxpeckers

Fiona MacLeod is a seasoned investigative environmental journalist who is pioneering the use of new media tools to expose eco-offenses in Southern Africa and to track offenders around the world.

Macleod won the prestigious SAB EnviroMedia Written Media Award in 2018 …

PATRICIA TRICORACHE

Illegal Wildlife Trade Expert, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)

Patricia began tackling the issue of illegal cheetah trafficking in November of 2005, when she was working as the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)’s assistant director for strategic communications. At the time, little was known about the magnitude of this illegal trade. It was then that, together with CCF’s executive director…

EILEEN CAREY

Eileen Carey is an expert in online drug trafficking.  She has leveraged her background in cyber security and public relations to hold technology platforms accountable for their role in the fentanyl crisis.  In 2012, Eileen became aware of the scale of online drug sales working in digital brand protection, which included combatting counterfeit pharmaceutical sales over the Internet…  

NILDA M. GARCIA

Nilda M. Garcia is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Political Science Department at Texas A & M International University. Dr. Garcia received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Miami in 2018 with a concentration in International Relations Theory and International Political Economy. She also holds a MBA in International Trade and a BA in Business Administration Texas…

DUNCAN JEPSON

Duncan Jepson is the founder and managing director of Liberty Shared (previously Liberty Asia), a leading global anti-trafficking NGO working on counter modern slavery and wildlife trafficking. Established in 2011, Liberty Shared won a Google Ideas Award in 2013. With the support of the U.S. State Department, Liberty Shared has developed and implemented the only victim case …

SUSAN CHEYNE

Dr Susan Cheyne has been carrying out biological conservation research in Indonesia since 2002. Her focus is on primates, felids and forest ecology. Susan is a co-director of the Borneo Nature Foundation and BRINCC. Her interests also lie in the use of non-timber forest products by people especially bush meat hunting and in environmental education within Indonesia and around the world…

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