Mark Williams is Programme Manager for the Organised Crime and Policing Team (OCP) at RUSI. He provides technical assistance and project management support to the full range of projects and programmes run by OCP. He further oversees all outreach and visibility functions of the team, including the administration of the Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research (SHOC).
Prior to his current position, Mark served as a Research Analyst within the same team. His research covers a range of topics related to transnational organised crime, including maritime security, environmental security and illicit financial flows. More broadly, he has research interests in transnational law, international criminal legislative frameworks and the evolution and modernisation of organised criminal groups.
Mark holds a Masters in Law (LLM) in Transnational Law from King's College London and a Bachelors in Law (LLB) from the University of Birmingham. He achieved a distinction in his LLM dissertation, where he evaluated the failure of International Refugee Law in protecting Internally Displaced Persons, focusing on Kenya and Somalia as a primary case study.
Prior to joining RUSI, he was a Programme Officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Eastern Africa. During his posting at UNODC, Mark primarily supported the formulation and implementation of regional projects and programmes in the areas of transnational organised crime, terrorism, criminal justice and anti-corruption.