Dr. Vanessa Neumann is an author, entrepreneuse, diplomat, and security expert. She is the president and founder of the anti-corruption and anti-trafficking consultancy Asymmetrica. She is also the author of Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists (2017, St. Martin’s Press); the Brazilian edition, Lucros de Sangue, was published in November 2018. Since March 2019, she has also been the Venezuelan Interim Government’s official representative to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In 2008 and 2009, Dr. Neumann observed and evaluated the reintegration of Colombian paramilitaries at the invitation of the Office of President Álvaro Uribe. Subsequently she worked as a consultant to the US Department of Defense on asymmetric warfare and counterinsurgency. Dr. Neumann served for four years (2013-2017) on the Task Force to Combat Illicit Trade (TF-CIT) of the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development). She has also worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Wilton Park in the fight against illicit trafficking and corruption, prior to her appointment to the United Kingdom. In May 2018, for the Counter-Extremism Project, she co-authored The Many Criminal Heads of the Golden Hydra, an extensive analysis of illicit trade, corruption, and terrorist financing in South America’s Tri-Border Area.
She received her doctorate in moral political philosophy from Columbia University in 2004 for her dissertation, The Autonomy and Legitimacy of States: A Critical Approach to Foreign Intervention, in which Venezuela was a case study.
Dr. Neumann is a frequent commentator in the global media and speaks seven languages.