26 Mar 2021
China’s New Silk Road:
Research Manager, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
Virginia Comolli focuses on environmental crime and illicit financial flows relating to environmental commodities.
Prior to joining GI-TOC in 2020, she spent 14 years with The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, most recently as head of the Conflict, Security and Development programme. During her time there she has worked on organized crime, violent extremism, conflict, insurgency and how these phenomena intersect. She maintained a special focus on West Africa and the Sahel and, to a lesser extent, Latin America and parts of South Asia– all regions in which she conducted field research.
Additional experience includes a secondment to the UK Ministry of Justice and working for the intelligence unit of a private security firm and with a strategic intelligence company.
Virginia is currently a Technical Advisor to the Global Drug Policy Observatory at Swansea University; she seats on the advisory board of Independent Conflict Research & Analysis (ICRA) and is a Participant of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS).
Virginia has spoken at conferences internationally and briefed senior politicians and corporate clients as well as military and academic audiences, and the media. She holds a First Class Honours degree in War Studies and American Studies from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and a Master’s degree in Intelligence and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UK).
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Senior Research Fellow, Global Risk Governance Programme
Researcher, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
Founder, Secretary General, Coalition des Volontaires pour la Paix et le Développement (CVPD) asbl
Researcher, Erasmus University Rotterdam International Institute of Social Studies
Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM
Professor of Criminology, Berlin School of Economics and Law
Special Agent, U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Chair and Professor of National Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science, Brown University
Senior Expert, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime