Expert Biography

Martin Verrier served as Argentina’s Drug Enforcement Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2019. He was responsible for the introduction of the most successful drug supply reduction strategy in the region. He also commanded control of precursors chemicals while overseeing counter-narcotics investigations and analysis from over 4000 federal officers. He acted as Argentina´s representative on supply reduction matters before several international organisations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission.

More recently, he has worked as a special advisor to Buenos Aires City Mayor on transnational organised crime and domestic security matters and as a private consultant for international organisations. In 2020 he worked as a Senior Advisor for the Pan American Development Foundation in a project to enhance Ecuador's capabilities against organized crime and is currently working on a RUSI's project on monitoring illicit flows.

Previous professional experience includes acting as director of consultancy operations at Templar, well-known security consulting firm in Buenos Aires. He directed consultancies assessing, evaluating and developing comprehensive, robust and efficient security systems for top companies and lead police modernisation and reform programs for Salta and Mendoza provinces. Martin acted as consultant to the IADB (Inter-American Development Bank) programme to improve Paraguay´s domestic security framework and Head Advisor to Buenos Aires City Deputy Mayor.

Between 2009 and 2015, Martin was the head security committee advisor for an opposition party at the National Parliament, responsible for writing, negotiating and drafting security and defence legislative initiatives.

Martin is currently a MA in Intelligence candidate at King's College London. In 2013 he was awarded an M.A. in Strategy and Geopolitics at the Argentine Army War College and in 2008 a B.A. in International Relations from the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Countering Transnational Organised Crime from the George C. Marshall Centre European Centre for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

He has been Assistant Professor in the Faculty of International Relations at the University de Belgrano, at the postgraduate course on Money Laundering Prevention at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and at the Organised Crime postgraduate course at Universidad de Belgrano.

 

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