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Dr. Shima D. Keene

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SHIMA D. KEENE is a British academic and practitioner specializing in defense and security. She is a Director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Statecraft, London. Dr. Keene is also a Deployable Civilian Expert (DCE) for the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG), specializing in intelligence and security sector reform within the security and justice function of the CSG. She is a former Senior Research Fellow and Advisor at the Advanced Research and Assessment Group, Defence Academy of the UK, and Special Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), where she had responsibility for assessment and recommendations for the development of financial-counterinsurgency (FIN-COIN) strategies in Afghanistan.

Dr. Keene advises and works closely with a number of UK government departments and law enforcement agencies, to include the MoD, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, and the National Crime Agency, as well as a number of regional law enforcement agencies. Outside the UK, Dr. Keene works with international organizations to include: the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as U.S. Government departments, the military, and law enforcement agencies. Dr. Keene has 27 years of practitioner experience obtained through investment banking, defense intelligence, and academia, and is a former British Army reservist soldier with 7 years military service, most of which was spent with 4th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment.

Dr. Keene has published numerous internal and external government and corporate reports, as well as award-winning academic journal articles, and is the author of “Threat Finance: Disconnecting the Lifeline of Organized Crime and Terrorism” and a book chapter in the Research Handbook on International Financial Crime. She is a visiting lecturer at the BPP Law School, London, and the Centre for Development Studies, Cambridge University. Dr. Keene holds a Ph.D. in international criminal law and an M.Phil. in defence and security studies, and graduated with honors in business studies.

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