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Channing Mavrellis

Illicit Trade Director

Channing Mavrellis

Illicit Trade Director

Channing Mavrellis is the director of Global Financial Integrity’s program on illicit trade, focusing on the intersection of illicit financial flows, transnational crime, and international trade. Ms. Mavrellis has over nine years of experience working on issues related to anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) and six years of conducting data-driven analysis of illicit trade and trade-related IFFs. In addition, she has three years of 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 delivered remarks on illicit trade, customs fraud, and IFFs at events organized by various high-level organizations including the OECD, UNDP, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Defense.

Her March 2017 report, Transnational Crime and the Developing World, explores 11 different criminal markets: their value, dynamics, impacts on developing countries, and emerging trends. In 2018, she and Christine Clough co-authored the GFI report Illicit Financial Flows and the Illegal Trade in Great Apes, which examines the illicit finance and business behind the trafficking of great apes. Most recently, she authored a report – Out of the Woods – that examines trade misinvoicing of timber from Colombia.

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.