Haberstroh, Frank

Financial Sanctions Specialist

  • Frank Haberstroh

    Research Interests

    • Human trafficking
    • Illicit finance
    • International finance
    • International financial institutions
    • Investments and Financial Markets
    • Modern Slavery


    • Doctorate in Law - Autonomous University of Barcelona
    • Master's degree Defense, Security, and Geostrategy - Madrid Open University
    • Law Degree - Albert Ludwig University

    Biographical Statement

    Dr Frank Haberstroh is the Financial Sanctions Specialist for the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative, a project based at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research.

    Before joining UNU-CPR, he worked for three years at a private and commercial bank as Compliance Officer for Anti-Financial Crime and Sanctions Compliance, as well as two years as a consultant for anti-financial crime and capital market compliance at a Big Four consulting firm. Alongside his work, he initiated the creation of a project to identify and combat financial flows of human trafficking within the framework of the Anti-Financial Crime Alliance (AFCA), a German public-private partnership. This project, under Dr Haberstroh’s leadership, brought together the expertise of several international banks, the German Federal Police and other public sector institutions, and has been recognized internationally as a best practice model for such collaborations.

    Dr Haberstroh holds a Doctorate in Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (summa cum laude), after completing a doctoral thesis related to the interplay between international criminal law, the international sanctions and embargoes framework, and anti-financial crime compliance. Furthermore, he holds a Law Degree from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany, together with qualification to practice as a magistrate, and a Master’s degree in Defense, Security, and Geostrategy from Madrid Open University.