Darya is a Research Fellow with RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme. Her research focuses on the Iranian nuclear weapons programme and nuclear diplomacy with Iran, as well as on understanding and countering the financing of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation.
Darya’s work includes the study of sanctions regimes on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programmes, sanctions-evasion tactics by WMD proliferators and best practices in government and private sector efforts in countering proliferation financing (CPF). As part of her contributions to RUSI's work on CPF, Darya provides guidance to governments and financial institutions on assessing their exposure to proliferation financing risk and on strengthening their CPF and sanctions-compliance regimes. Her research interests also include the proliferation and proliferation financing patterns of non-state actors.
Prior to joining RUSI, Darya had served as the manager of government relations and policy development at Canada’s national aerospace industry association. She also has experience working in the due diligence sector and on defence-related issues in Canada’s Parliament.
She holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.Soc.Sc. in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa.