Biography

Gonzalo Saiz is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies at RUSI, focusing on sanctions and counter threat finance. He is part of Project CRAAFT (Collaboration, Research and Analysis Against Financing of Terrorism) and Euro SIFMANet (European Sanctions and Illicit Finance Monitoring and Analysis Network).

Prior to joining RUSI in 2022, Gonzalo worked as a legal advisor to victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, as well as a researcher of transnational organised crime in Spain and across Europe, collaborating extensively with non-profit organisations and law enforcement agencies.

He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and International Relations from the University of Deusto, and an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics, where his dissertation examined combatting Al-Shabaab through the targeting of its illicit sources of financing.

European Sanctions and Illicit Finance Monitoring and Analysis Network (Euro SIFMANet)

Euro SIFMANet brings together European research institutions to raise awareness and inform policymaking against the illicit financial flows that continue to undermine our democracies.

Project CRAAFT

Project CRAAFT is an academic research and community-building initiative designed to build stronger, more coordinated counter terrorist financing (CTF) capacity across the EU and in its neighbourhood