16 Nov 2020
The Politics of Crime
Senior Analyst, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
Ken Opala is the founding director of the African Investigative News Service, a news syndicate specializing in development journalism driven by investigative reporting. He is a founding board member of the Johannesburg-based Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) and the former deputy investigative editor of the Nation Media Group.
He has won numerous awards over his decades-long career in investigative journalism, including the Natali Lorenzo Prize in Human Rights Journalism for a series of articles on the death penalty for The Daily Nation, the Peter Jenkins Award for Conservation Journalism, East Africa, CNN’s African Journalist of the Year, the Kenya Print Journalism Award and others. He has consulted and freelanced for a host of international organizations and outlets on long-term research and reporting
Senior Director, Center for Forensic Sciences, RTI International
Social anti-trafficking movement "Alternative"
PhD, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Commander, Australian Federal Police
Director, Centre on International Cooperation (CIC) Chair, Global Initiative Advisory Board
PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies/ Legal Advisor, Civitas Maxima
Independent Wildlife Crime Specialist, EcoJust
President, Instituto de Acción Ciudadana (Mexico City, México)/ Senior Scholar in Law and Economics, Columbia University (NY, USA)/ Visiting Senior Academic, Università degli Studi de Torino (Turin, Italy)/ Visiting Professor, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Senior Coordinator for Reports and Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Executive Masters of Global Development, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Coordinator of the Human Security Program, European Center for Legal Education and Research