Marta Furlan is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Orion Policy Institute (OPI) and a Research Officer at Free the Slaves (FTS), a non-governmental organization working to end human trafficking and modern slavery. She is also a Fellow at the Center on Armed Groups. Furlan holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of St Andrews (Handa Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence), where she wrote her dissertation on armed groups' governance practices in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. Furlan has published in academic journals such as the Middle East Journal, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Civil Wars. She has also contributed chapters in three books and written analyses for the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, Political Violence at a Glance, and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Prior to joining FTS, Furlan worked as a consultant for a number of academic and humanitarian institutions, such as the Geneva Graduate Institute and Geneva Call.