The CT-team is a group of dedicated part-time young professionals and volunteers. Day-to-day tasks are shouldered by the executive and operational team. They receive support and guidance from the steering committee. The CT-team thus cuts across levels of expertise, experience, gender, and age while remaining under youth leadership.
Executive & Operations (alphabetically)
|B. Arneson – Research Officer
B is a Researcher for the Corruption Tracker. She is also the Founder of Paperbacks for Perpetrators, a project that provides books to individuals who are incarcerated in the US. B’s research and grassroots organizing has focused on LGBTQ+ rights, the occupation of Palestine, drone warfare in the MENA region, and the US prison-industrial complex. She earned her MSc from SOAS in the Politics of Conflict, Rights, and Justice.
|Julia Auf dem Brinke – Founder and Programme Manager
Julia is a co-founder and programme manager of the Corruption Tracker project and part of the Forum on Arms Trade´s Emerging Experts 2021/2022 cohort. She holds an MSc from SOAS in Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice, and previously worked at the International Peace Bureau, SCRAP Weapons and the Center of Conflict, Rights and Justice (SOAS). Her research and advocacy work focuses on arms trade, corruption, and the military-industrial complex.
|Rhona Michie – Founder and Programme Coordinator
Rhona is a Founder and Project Coordinator for the Corruption Tracker. She also works as Operations Manager for Shadow World Investigations before which she coordinated a legal advice clinic at Islington Law Center and volunteered with the Migrants` Law Project. Rhona´s work and campaigning background has helped to ground her conviction that structural change is needed to tackle the challenges we face as a society, from the ever-growing militarism to inequality and climate change.
|Ruth Rohde – Founder and Progamme Manager
Ruth is a co-founder and programme manager of the Corruption Tracker project. She is a graduate student in International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a dedicated member of the German peace movement, campaigning for nuclear disarmament, against the arms trade, and for a world founded on peace and solidarity nationally and internationally.
|Caren Sausmikat – Operations Volunteer
Caren is an undergraduate student at the University of Freiburg, Germany, with a focus on cultural studies and history. Interested in the international peace movement and the fight against weapons and corruption, she joined the Corruption Tracker as Operations Volunteer in early 2021. As a flexible member of the team, Caren helps with any current projects.
Steering Committee (alphabetically)
|Bridget Conley – Founder & Steering Committee Member
Bridget Conley is the Research Director of the World Peace Foundation and Associate Research Professor at The Fletcher School. She has published on the 1992 – 1995 war in Bosnia, mass atrocities and genocide, and how museums can engage on human rights issues. Among her publications is Memory from the Margins: Ethiopia’s Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum (Palgrave 2019). Her recent research concerns COVID-19 in American prisons.
|Andrew Feinstein – Founder & Steering Committee Member
Andrew Feinstein (Executive Director of Shadow World Investigations) resigned as a South African MP when government refused to investigate a corrupt $10bn arms deal. His published work includes best-selling After the Party and the Shadow World book and documentary. Action on Armed Violence names him one of the 100 most influential people in the world working in armed violence reduction.
|Sam Perlo-Freeman – Founder & Steering Committee Member (paused)
Dr. Sam Perlo-Freeman is a Research Coordinator at Campaign Against Arms Trade. Previously, he worked at World Peace Foundation running their program on Global Arms Trade and Corruption. Before that, he spent 9 years at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute working on their data programs on military expenditure and the arms industry and trade.
CT Wall of Fame
Honouring former team-members and special contributions
Aaron was the Communications Officer for the Arms Trade Corruption Tracker until October 2021. He is a recent graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he earned his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy, concentrating on migration and political economy. Previously, Aaron worked at the World Peace Foundation and Global Labor Justice – International Labor Rights Forum.
Klaudija is a previous team member of the Arms Trade Corruption Tracker where she was involved in research and social media management. Currently she works at the Conflict Armament Research.
Xiaodon Liang is a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, researching arms trade and procurement policy in smaller arms producers such as Argentina, Taiwan, and India. He previously worked at the World Peace Foundation’s program on the global arms trade and at the National Bureau of Asian Research on its maritime and strategic stability projects. Xiaodon was involved in researching the original set of cases under the World Peace Foundation’s Compendium on the Arms Trade and Corruption, which the CT is based on.