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Tuesday Reitano

Secretariat, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime


Tuesday Reitano is Deputy Director at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and a senior research advisor at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, where she leads five organized crime observatories in Africa.

Tuesday was formerly the director of CT MORSE, an independent policy and monitoring unit for the EU’s programmes in counter-terrorism, and for 12 years was a policy specialist in the UN System, including with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Development Group (UNDG) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In this time, she has amassed a wealth of experience in fragile states and development working both with states, civil society and at the community level to strengthen resilience to transnational threats, promote sustainable development and the rule of law. Tuesday has authored a number of policy orientated and academic reports with leading institutions such as the UN, World Bank and OECD on topics ranging from organized crime’s evolution and impact in Africa, on human smuggling, illicit financial flows, and the nexus between crime, terrorism, security and development.

Tuesday is the lead author of a forthcoming OECD flagship publication: Illicit Financial Flows: Criminal Economies in West Africa, as well as the co-author of Migrant, Refugee; Smuggler, Saviour, a book to be published by Hurst on the role of smugglers in Europe’s migration crisis.

She holds three Masters Degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration (MPA) and an MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development (MSc). Tuesday is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with her family.


  •  S. Jesperson and T. Reitano (eds.) The War on Crime: Militarised Responses to Organised Crime (London: Palgrave McMillan, scheduled 2017).
  • T. Reitano and P. Tinti Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour (London: Hurst & Co Publishers, scheduled September 2016).
  • C. Hajaj and T. Reitano, ‘Casualties of War: Polio and the Golden Millimetre’, Journal for Global Health Governance, publication scheduled September 2016.
  • T. Reitano, Illicit Financial Flows: Criminal Economies in West Africa, (Paris: OECD, scheduled September 2016).
  • C. Horwood and T. Reitano, ‘A perfect storm? Forces Reshaping modern migration & displacement‘, Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (May 2016).
  • T. Reitano and A. Trabulsi, ‘Virtually illicit: the use of social media by transnational organized crime and terror groups in a hyper-connected world’, chapter in Beyond Convergence, (National Defence University Press, May 2016).