Lena Raballand is a Doctoral student at The Centre for the Study of Corruption at the University of Sussex. Her research is focused on the use of political financing to state capture with a case study of South Africa under President Zuma.
Previously, she gained experience in the anti-corruption field through interning within the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Division in Paris. She also spent six months as an intern within the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s ‘Container Control’ Project focused on illicit trafficking in the Black Sea and the South Caucasus region in Kiev, Ukraine. She holds an MA in International Security Studies from the University of Reading and a Bachelor of Laws from King’s College London. During her Bachelor’s, she studied abroad at the Université Panthéon-Assas. Lena has also spent time in Moscow. In 2019, she completed a course on Russian Foreign Policy and its modern challenges at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow. In 2018, she attended the Higher School of Economics in Moscow’s course on the European Union and Russia’s future.
Her areas of interest include state capture, political financing, illicit markets, and international security.
Outside of academia, Lena enjoys traveling, running and Formula One.
Languages: French, English, Russian, Spanish
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