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Combating threat (or terrorism) financing and proliferation of weapons, is increasingly becoming the focus of regulators, financial institutions and society in general. The goal is to prevent the financing of activities which harm society or are detrimental to peace.

One of the challenges is that proliferation and threat financing activities often require very low levels of funding, and the range of these illicit activities, that should be prevented or hindered, are very diverse.

Placed within the context of Sub-Saharan Africa, combating financial crime doesn’t become any simpler, and with a number of different parties involved with divergent interests and priorities, means that there are an endless numbers of threats and issues that require attention within the region.

Topics discussed:

  • What is proliferation and threat financing?
  • What are the differences and similarities of proliferation financing, threat financing and money laundering?
  • What are the risks of funding weapons of mass destruction or conventional weapons proliferation?
  • How are these risks affecting Africa and what can African institutions do to combat the rise in proliferation and threat financing?
  • How would financial institutions prevent entities, involved in such illicit activities, from raising, moving and using funds?

Webinar information

  • Format

  • Duration

    1 Hour
  • Speakers

    Darya Dolzikova, Research Analyst - Royal United Services Institute; Dr. Jonathan Brewer, Visiting Professor - King's College London; Mike Lewis, Head of Enhanced Investigations - Conflict Armament Research; Elvis Asiamah, Manager Threat Finance Research - Refinitiv and Christopher Stringham, Risk Solutions Consultant - Refinitiv.


Darya Dolzikova Research Analyst, Royal United Services Institute

Darya is a Research Analyst in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme at RUSI. Her research focuses on countering the financing of proliferation activities and strengthening sanctions regimes, particularly in the context of the North Korean nuclear programme. As part of her contributions to RUSI’s work on countering proliferation finance (CPF), she provides guidance to representatives of governments and financial institutions on strengthening their CPF and sanctions-compliance regimes. Prior to joining RUSI, Darya had served as the manager of government relations and policy development at Canada’s national aerospace industry association. She also has experience working in the due diligence sector and on defence-related issues in Canada’s Parliament. She holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, where her studies and research focused on unconventional weapons proliferation, terrorism and counter-terrorism, and Russia-Iran relations. Darya has published on these subjects in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Lawfare. She holds a B.Soc.Sc. in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa.

Dr Jonathan Brewer Visiting Professor, King's College London

Dr Jonathan Brewer is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is a visiting professor at King’s College London, carrying out research with the Alpha Project on questions of proliferation and the financing of proliferation. Between 2010 and 2015 he was the financial expert on the UN Panel on Iran created pursuant to resolution 1929 (2010). Dr Brewer was a member of the UK Diplomatic Service between 1983 and 2010. Duties included substantive postings overseas to Luanda (1986–88), Mexico City (1991– 95) and Moscow (1998–2001) and a secondment to the Joint Intelligence Committee, Cabinet Office, London (2003– 2004). He was Head of Counter-Proliferation 2005–2010.

Mike Lewis Head of Enhanced Investigations, Conflict Armament Research

Mike Lewis is Head of Enhanced Investigations for Conflict Armament Research. Previously Head of Operations in West Africa, he has worked as an arms trafficking investigator for fifteen years, primarily in West and East Africa, as well as the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He was previously a member of the UN Panel of Experts on Sudan, responsible for monitoring arms embargo violations for the UN Security Council. He has worked as a human rights investigator for Amnesty International, and as an advisor on humanitarian policy and illicit finance for international NGOs including Oxfam and ActionAid. He has also trained in international taxation at the International Bureau for Fiscal Documentation in Amsterdam.  About Conflict Armament Research (CAR): Established in 2011, CAR is an independent research organisation active in over 25 areas of armed conflict in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. CAR's field teams operate alongside armed forces and non-state armed actors to document conventional and improvised weapons acquired illicitly by armed actors and terrorist groups, and to track their origins and supply routes. CAR operates the world's largest non-state database of illicit weapons documented in armed conflict zones, and provides real-time information on illicit arms flows and their facilitators to export control authorities, law enforcement agencies and the public.  

Elvis Asiamah Manager, Threat Finance Research, Refinitiv

Elvis manages a global team of analysts and subject matter experts conducting research on terrorism, organized crime, proliferation, implicit sanctions, cybercrime, smuggling and trafficking in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Refinitiv World-Check, he was a research assistant at DHS Emeritus Center of Excellence, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). He holds an MSc in Security Studies from University College London.

Christopher Stringham Risk Solutions Consultant, EMEA, Refinitiv

Christopher Stringham currently works as a Risk & Compliance Solutions Consultant for Refinitiv, helping clients fight financial crime and meet their regulatory obligations. He has years of risk and compliance experience in both the first and second lines of defense. Christopher holds degrees in history and law from Arizona State University.

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