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Stefano Betti

Senior Criminal Justice and Policy Expert/ Deputy Director General, Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade

Stefano Betti specializes in legal and policy research, training and project management in the area of international crime and criminal justice. Over the past two years, he has provided expert advise to such entities as the Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, UNODC, UNICRI, WIPO and the International Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as Deputy Director General of the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT), a new business-led initiative to mitigate the economic and social damages of illicit trade by strengthening government enforcement mechanisms and integrating supply chain controls across industry sectors. Other ongoing collaborations in the illicit trade sector include projects with the Siracusa Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights and Oxford Economics. He is Visiting Lecturer in International and Comparative Law at the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole. Between 2013 and 2016, Stefano was Senior Counsel at INTERPOL’s Office of Legal Affairs, where he headed the Organization’s legal program on illicit trade. Before then, he held positions at UNODC, UNICRI and the European Parliament Secretariat. At the Terrorism Prevention Branch of UNODC, in particular, he delivered training and legislative drafting assistance to several developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, on the implementation of the universal legal framework against terrorism. Within UNODC’s Corruption and Economic Crimes Branch, he provided substantive support to the Intergovernmental Review Mechanism of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) by leading country visits, drafting reports on anti-corruption as well as facilitating technical and diplomatic exchanges between reviewing countries and countries under review. Stefano holds a Master degree in “EU Studies: EU Policy-Making” from the London School of Economics, an honor diploma in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier (France) and a Law Degree from the University of Milan (Italy). He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.