Dr. Badr El Banna

Badr El Banna is a Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Specialist in the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna and one of UNODC experts assigned to the UNODC/World Bank Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR). He has over 17 years of experience in the domain of crime prevention and criminal justice in general, and financial and organized crimes more specifically, during which, he has led and participated to many country assessment missions and supported over than 50 countries in developing and strengthening their legal and institutional anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism, anticorruption, international cooperation, and asset recovery frameworks. Badr has also had a leading role in the establishment of the Global Operational Network of Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Authorities (GlobE Network).

In addition to his assignment with the United Nations, Badr has previously served as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Regional Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Advisor for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. He has also worked for many years with the Special Investigation Commission in Lebanon.

Badr is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and holds several degrees, including a PhD in international law from Sorbonne University, a Master in Islamic Financial Management from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires and an Executive Master in Finance from Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University). He is also the author of multiple publications on economic and financial crimes.