Team

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.

On this page:
Executive & Operations
Steering Committee
Volunteer Team Members
CT Wall of Fame

Executive & Operations (alphabetically)

B. Arneson – Research Coordinator

B is the Research Coordinator 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 and Research Associate at Shadow World Investigations. She is an M.A. candidate in International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Ruth is also 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.

Steering Committee (alphabetically)

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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.

Mamello Mosiana – Steering Committee Member

Mamello is the Head of Campaigns at Open Secrets and a PhD candidate in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. Mamello occasionally lectures in UCT’s political studies department on Conflict, Violent Extremism, Disinformation and Financial Crime. She holds an MPhil in Justice and Transformation from UCT as well as an MSc in Security, Leadership and Society from King’s College London. Before joining Open Secrets, Mamello worked for the Institute for Just​ice Reconciliation and the International Centre for Transitional Justice.

Sam Perlo-Freeman – Founder & Steering Committee Member

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.

Volunteer Team Members (alphabetically)

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Jack Cinamon – Research Assistant

Jack holds an MSc from SOAS in Development Studies, and a Law and Criminology LLB at the University of Liverpool. Along with his work at Corruption Tracker, he is also a Project and Research Assistant at SCRAP Weapons. His research focuses on disarmament of nuclear and conventional weapons, arms trade corruption, war and conflict, the military-industrial complex and international development.

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.

Devan van der Poel – Research Assistant

Devan is an undergraduate student at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies, studying international relations. He is interested in corruption, the privatisation of security, the global arms trade, and investigative journalism. To this end, he founded the KCL Investigative Journalism student media group at King’s College London. He joined the Corruption Tracker in March 2022.

Sahar Vardi – Research Fellow

Sahar is an anti-militarist and anti-occupation activists from Jerusalem. She is currently a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Bradford, studying Peace Conflict and Development. She is of the founders of the Database on Israeli Military and Security Export, and previously done research into Israel’s arms export and Human Rights violations as the Manager of the Israel program for the American Friends Service Committee.

CT Wall of Fame

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Honouring former team-members and special contributions

Aaron Steinberg

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 Visockyte

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.
Throughout her experiences Klaudija found herself deeply invested in research in security-related matters. Her main areas of interest are conflicts in the Middle East, law of armed conflict, arms trade.

Xiaodon Liang

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.