Ghassan Schbley is a UAE-based Senior Adviser at the Financial Integrity Network, where he manages the firm's Dubai office.
From 2014 to 2017, Ghassan was the Vice President of Middle Eastern & African Affairs at Chenega International Consulting LLC, where he developed and supervised Chenega’s regional projects by providing the company’s key public and private sector clients with training and technical services in order to investigate illicit activities and mitigate security risks.
From 2012 to 2014, Ghassan was appointed by United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2091 (2013) and 2035 (2012) to serve as the Finance Expert for the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Sudan, where he investigated individuals, entities and armed opposition groups that engaged in acts that violated UN sanctions on the Sudan.
From 2010 to 2012, Ghassan was the Finance Expert for the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (appointed by UN Security Council Resolutions 2002 (2011) and 1916 (2010)) where he investigated the financial and support networks of Somali armed opposition groups, notably the Al-Qaeda linked Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen group. Ghassan led an investigation into Al-Shabaab financing, which established that the export of charcoal from Somalia is a significant revenue source for Al Shabaab, and also exacerbate the humanitarian crisis. This investigation encouraged the UN Security Council to impose a ban on the direct or indirect import of charcoal from Somalia (UNSCR 2036 (2012)).
From 2007 to 2010, Ghassan worked as a National Security Project Associate at the RAND Corporation where he focused on issues related to terrorist and extremist organizations in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining RAND, Ghassan was at the Nixon Center where his primary- source research supported a study on extremism in the Middle East. He has also worked at the US mission to the EU and the United Nations Mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).
Ghassan holds an MPhil in Economics from the Free University of Brussels and an MA in International Politics from the European Center of Strategic and International Research at the University of Paris-Sud XI. He is a fluent Arabic, English and French speaker.