Research Staff

Sophie Lemaître

Senior Adviser (U4)

Lawyer specialized in illicit financial flows and natural resources, with a focus on forest, extractive, and wildlife

Sophie Lemaître is a Senior Adviser at U4 Anti-corruption Resource Centre. Sophie leads U4’s thematic work on natural resources and on illicit financial flows.

Prior to joining U4, she worked for various organisations and NGOs at the national and international level, including CIRAD, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and Sherpa.

Her work focused on, among other things, forest governance, combating illegal logging, extractive industries, anti-corruption, transparency initiatives as well as asset recovery and repatriation. In addition to her legal expertise, she has skills in project management in the field of development.

She completed her PhD in law on corruption, tax evasion/avoidance and money laundering within the extractive industries (University of Rennes 1 - France). It highlights how certain actors succeed in perpetuating illicit practices, notably by being creative and innovative in manipulating, circumventing or diverting instruments and measures adopted to combat illicit financial flows.

Sophie holds a Master degree in Law on international business law from the University of Toulouse (France) as well as a LL.M. on international and European environmental law from University College London (UK).

Sophie speaks French and English.