William van der Veen is a strategic communications professional with experience across a range of industries. He has previously worked with United Nations Women and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Counter-Piracy Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. He obtained his MA from the American University in Cairo and his BA from Colby College. He currently resides in Arlington, VA.
The stunning reports of oil tankers hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea have helped shift attention from the dramatic rise of Somali piracy to West Africa. The figures