Channing Mavrellis is Global Financial Integrity’s Illicit Trade Director, focusing on the intersection of illicit financial flows, transnational crime, and international trade. Ms. Mavrellis has over a decade of experience working on issues related to anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT). She specializes in conducting data-driven analysis of illicit trade and trade-related IFFs. In addition, she has strong experience providing policy advice and training to U.S. and foreign government officials on illicit trade, in particular detecting and combating customs fraud and environmental crimes. She has testified before Congress as well as delivered remarks on illicit trade, customs fraud, and IFFs at events organized by organizations including the OECD, UNDP, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Defense.
Her publications include the March 2017 report, Transnational Crime and the Developing World, the 2018 report Illicit Financial Flows and the Illegal Trade in Great Apes, and the 2021 reports Out of the Woods and Financial Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.
She has a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service, where she pursued coursework on transnational organized crime and terrorism. Prior to joining GFI, Ms. Mavrellis worked in banking, and has taught in South Korea and Morocco. Ms. Mavrellis has a Graduate Certificate in French Translation from American University and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin.