Roberto Sollazzo

Natural Resources and Finance expert, United Nations

BIOGRAPHY

Since 2013, Dr. Sollazzo has served as Natural Resources Expert (and also Finance Expert since 2016) for the United Nations. The highest profile consultants employed by the United Nations, Experts are personally appointed by the UN Secretary-General to report on the effective implementation of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.

In this capacity, he unveiled the details of mineral and non-mineral smuggling networks from Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the end-user markets. He publically disclosed the names of people involved, the methods of procuring and smuggling, the routes followed and the networks of accomplices to elude controls, as well as the methods used to launder, layer and place the proceeds of these activities.

From 2011 to 2013, he worked as a Senior Researcher and Project Manager for Resource Consulting Services. He has contributed to the inception and management of the Integrated Embargo Monitoring Unit within the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which he served from 2008 to 2010. After leaving UNOCI, he served as an electoral process validator for the European Union External Action Service in various African countries.

A PhD on Africa and Middle East Politics and a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations, Dr. Sollazzo was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Naples Federico II from 2003 to 2008, and still maintains active collaboration with Academic circles. He is among the founders of the Italian association of African studies (ASAI, think-tank).

An Italian native, Dr. Sollazzo is also fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

United Nations reports

08/2017: Final report of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (to be published).

12/2016: Midterm report of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, S/2016/1102.

03/2016: Final report of the Group of Experts on Côte d’Ivoire, S/2016/254.

Academic (peer reviewed) publications

10/2010: The Francafrique in post-colonial Cote d’Ivoire, European Conference on African studies, Naples – Italy.

Peer reviewer activity

09/2015: Peer reviewer for the Artisanal Gold Mining section of the study commissioned by the OECD on “Illicit Financial Flows: The Economy of Illicit Trade in West Africa”, to be published.