Raouf Farrah is a senior analyst at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. He focuses on migration and criminal economies in North Africa and the Sahel. Raouf has published extensively on a variety of topics related to the region, including human smuggling and trafficking, security and conflict, geopolitics of the Sahara and the Sahel and cybercrime in Africa.
Over the last five years, Raouf has regularly intervened in international fora and engaged on collaborative projects with international organizations such as the UNDP, African Union, OECD, Institute of Security Studies and the World Bank. Before joining the Global Initiative, Raouf was the Lead Africa Analyst at the SecDev Group, a geopolitical and digital risk consultancy company based in Canada. He also worked as a risk analyst for Marsh and Mc Lennan, a worldwide business consulting and strategy group. Raouf holds a bachelor in Mathematics (actuarial science) and a second bachelor in philosophy and politics from the University of Montreal, and a Master in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa.
Raouf was born and raised in Algeria and lived on three continents. He is profoundly attached to the development of Africa and is an active civil society member in Algeria and North Africa, where he advocates for democracy, the rule of law and migrant rights. Raouf is a member of the Algerian civic movement IBTYKAR and several North African CSO initiatives.