Patrick Alley is a director of Global Witness and co-founded the organization in 1993. He took part in Global Witness’ first investigations into the Thai-Khmer Rouge timber trade in 1995, and since then has taken part in over fifty field investigations in South East Asia, Africa and Europe, and in subsequent advocacy activities. Based on the organization’s experience in tackling conflict diamonds, and former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s arms for timber trade, Alley focuses on the thematic issue of Conflict Resources, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in the past in Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire. Alley also leads Global Witness’ work on forest issues, especially challenging industrial scale logging in the tropics and the role of forests in combating climate change. In addition, he is involved in the strategic leadership of Global Witness.
Global Witness was jointly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for its work on conflict diamonds, which led to the establishment of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, and co-founded the Publish What You Pay Coalition, which in turn led to the creation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.