Lauren Sung is a Portfolio Manager on the State-Sponsored Threats Program at C4ADS. In this capacity, she directs the Program’s work on proliferation financing, malign influence operations, and state-sponsored illicit activity in the maritime domain by China, the DPRK, Russia, and Iran. Lauren’s team also coordinates the development of C4ADS’ geospatial intelligence and maritime domain awareness capabilities.
Lauren was previously an Analyst in the same Program, specializing in issues pertaining to DPRK procurement networks, Chinese threat finance, and transnational organized crime in East Asia. She has authored reports on the DPRK’s exploitation of regional black markets to skirt export controls and international sanctions, and maritime and financial regulatory loopholes that enable obfuscation tactics of merchant vessels engaging in illicit activities at sea.
Prior to joining C4ADS, Lauren worked in strategic advisory consulting and investigative due diligence. She received her M.A. in Asian Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge. She is a fluent speaker of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.