Martin Verrier

Associate Fellow; Special Advisor to Buenos Aires City Major; SHOC Network Member


Martin Verrier is currently a SNKE for RUSI Europe projects and a visiting senior research fellow at King’s College London.

Martin Verrier served as Argentina’s Drug Enforcement Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2019. He was responsible for the introduction of a new drug supply reduction strategy, supervised the control of precursors chemicals, while oversighting counter-narcotics investigations and analysis from over 4000 federal officers. He acted as Argentina´s representative on supply reduction matters before several international organisations such as UNODC and Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission.

He was previously director of consultancy operations at Templar, a well-known security consulting firm in Buenos Aires. He directed consultancies assessing, evaluating and developing comprehensive, robust and efficient security systems for top companies and lead police modernisation and reform programs for Salta and Mendoza provinces. Martin acted as consultant to the IADB (Inter-American Development Bank) programme to improve Paraguay´s domestic security framework and Head Advisor to Buenos Aires City Deputy Mayor.

Between 2009 and 2015, Martin was the head security committee advisor for an opposition party at the National Parliament, responsible for writing, negotiating and drafting security and defence legislative initiatives.

Martin was awarded an MA in Strategy and Geopolitics from the Argentine Army War College and a B.A. in International Relations from the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Countering Transnational Organised Crime from the George C. Marshall Centre European Centre for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

He has been Assistant Professor in the Faculty of International Relations at the University de Belgrano, at the postgraduate course on Money Laundering Prevention at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and at the Organised Crime postgraduate course at Universidad de Belgrano. He has also worked as special advisor to Buenos Aires City Major on transnational organised crime and domestic security matters and as a private consultant for international organisations.

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