Mariana Diaz Garcia (Mexico City, Mexico) is currently working as a Fellow in the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) under the framework of the Knowledge Center Security through Research, Technology, and Innovation (SIRIO) and as a Project Officer for CONTACT – Enhancing capacities to prevent trafficking of radiological and nuclear material in Southeast Asia. Her research has focused on the malicious use of social media by extremist groups and organized crime. Other areas of research include technology strategies to improve chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and WMD defense, as well as ideology, radicalization, and legitimization of armed groups. She also serves as an Ambassador for Foretell, a crowd forecasting project sponsored by Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) to predict future tech-security issues relevant for policymaking.
In addition, she has worked as a researcher for OSDIFE - Observatory on Security and CBRNe Defense (Osservatorio sulla Sicurezza e Difesa CBRNe) and as a research specialist for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines - Cluster Munition Coalition to contribute to the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.
Ms. Diaz holds a MA in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University and a BA in International Relations from Tecnológico de Monterrey.