Lyes joined the GI-TOC as a Research Assistant in October 2017 and since then his primary focus has been the Organized Crime Index. The Organized Crime Index for Africa was launched in September 2019 and Lyes was the Research Coordinator for the Global Organized Crime Index 2021. He was also the curator of the GI-TOC’s #CovidCrimeWatch newsletters, which explore existing and emerging interactions between COVID-19 and the illicit economy around the globe. Since September 2021, Lyes has been a member of the Observatory of Illicit Economies in West Africa (WEA-Obs). He has also contributed to numerous other projects at the GI-TOC, including the launch of the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Index in January 2019.
Lyes has a BA in Politics and Economics from Newcastle University and a MSc in Security Studies from University College London (UCL), where his thesis focused on the impact of the balance of power in civil wars on state actors’ decision to deliberately target civilians. His research interests include measuring organised crime using quantitative methods, Italian organised crime groups and, more recently, the possible impact of Brexit on organised criminal activity. Holding dual British-Algerian nationality and having grown up in Italy, Lyes is fluent in English, French and Italian. His Spanish is a work in progress.