John M. Sellar OBE
John M. Sellar OBE, FRGS is an Independent Anti-Smuggling, Fraud & Organized Crime
Consultant. HE was directly engaged in law enforcement for almost four decades, initially in
the Scottish Police Service and then the United Nations. As a Detective, he investigated
murders and other serious crime but also dealt with human rights abuse in Scotland’s
maximum-security prison. Before transferring to the UN, he was Officer-in-Charge of a police
area where royal security and anti-terrorism matters featured significantly.
In 1997, Mr Sellar moved to Switzerland, handling anti-smuggling, fraud and organized
crime issues for the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), ultimately becoming Chief of Enforcement. During
14 years with CITES he conducted 234 missions to 66 countries, assessing enforcement in
the field and designing strategies to tackle wildlife trafficking. He was instrumental in
establishing the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime in 2010, a
partnership of CITES, INTERPOL, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and
the World Customs Organization. He has lectured extensively worldwide and his book, ‘The
UN’s Lone Ranger: Combating International Wildlife Crime’, was published in January 2014.
He formally retired in 2011 but remains active in both a voluntary and consultancy manner.
For example, he is a Senior Advisor to the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized
Crime, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Environmental Crimes
Committee, and a law enforcement advisor to the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal
Justice and Human Rights. In June 2013, in recognition of his UN activities, he was
appointed by the Queen as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.