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Patrick Alley

Co-Founder and Board member, Global Witness

Skoll Awardee


Since co-founding Global Witness and posing as a timber buyer in Global Witness’s first investigation into the Thai-Khmer Rouge timber trade in 1995, Patrick has taken part in over fifty field investigations in South East Asia, Africa and Europe and in subsequent advocacy activities. Patrick has worked on Global Witness’s campaigns on conflict resources, notably former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s ‘arms for timber’ trade, the minerals trade in Eastern DRC and more recently the Central African Republic, as well as providing strategic direction for Global Witness’s work on forest issues, especially challenging industrial scale logging and land grabbing in the tropics. Patrick is currently leading Global Witness’ research into the failure of the predominant economic model to address inequality and environmental damage – two of the most urgent and critical issues of our time. In addition, he is involved in the strategic leadership of Global Witness.