Dr. Vanessa Neumann
Founder & President
Dr. Neumann is an authority on Latin American politics and security, as well as on crime-terror pipelines, particularly on stemming illicit trade as a counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency strategy that supports businesses. She is the author Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists (St. Martin’s Press, 2017). Dr. Neumann served four years on the OECD’s Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade (since its inception) and on their Advisory Group. Since 19 March 2020, she has been Official Representative for Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó to the United Kingdom, where she has worked (without Vienna Convention protections) for the transition to democracy in Venezuela, succeeding in garnering much greater support from Her Majesty’s Government — making the UK the third largest donor of humanitarian aid to Venezuela and second in counter-illicit traffic measures.
She holds a Ph.D. in political theory from Columbia University, and is a fellow at Yale University’s Global Justice Program.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Neumann worked in corporate planning and corporate finance for a Latin American conglomerate, culminating in its IPO (initial public offering) on the New York Stock Exchange in 1993, making the company only the third in all of Latin America to be listed on the NYSE.
Dr. Neumann is a widely sought speaker and media commentator.