Senior Adviser


I joined U4 in August 2019, to lead the work on natural resources as well as illicit financial flows (IFF). I'm a lawyer specialised in IFF and natural resources, with a focus on forest governance, extractive industries, and wildlife.

Prior to joining U4, I worked for various organisations and NGOs at the national and international level, including CIRAD, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and Sherpa.

I did my law PhD at the University of Rennes 1 in France, on corruption, tax evasion/avoidance, and money laundering within the extractive industries. It highlights how certain actors succeed in perpetuating illicit practices, notably by being creative and innovative in manipulating, circumventing or diverting instruments and measures adopted to combat illicit financial flows.

I hold a Master degree in international business law from the University of Toulouse, France, as well as a LL.M. on international and European environmental law from University College London.


Online training and workshops

  • Online course
    Addressing corruption in the natural resources sector

    18 Oct 2020

    4 weeks, expert-led course. Improve your understanding of how corruption affects the natural resources sector and what can be done about it. Suitable for development practitioners, public officials, and civil society activists working on natural resources issues.

  • Online course
    La corruption dans le secteur des ressources naturelles

    8 Nov 2020

    Formation de 4 semaines, facilitée par des experts. Améliorez votre compréhension de la façon dont la corruption affecte le secteur des ressources naturelles et envisagez ce qui peut être fait pour y remédier. Cette formation convient aux praticiens du développement, aux fonctionnaires et aux acteurs de la société civile travaillant sur les questions relatives aux ressources naturelles.

Recent work

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