Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa

Mr. Masood Karimipour

Mr. Masood Karimipour graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the State University of New York and with a Juris Doctorate from the Brooklyn Law School. He began his career in public service as a trial attorney in New York City where he would represent indigent clients before the Legal Aid Society.

He then worked in the Western Pacific region to promote access to justice as the Public Defender for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Subsequently, he served as the Chief of the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Programme (JSSP), where he contributed to the development of a national justice strategy and in the implementation of a comprehensive rule of law reform programme.

Mr. Karimipour began his career with the United Nations when he was appointed as the Senior Judicial Affairs Officer for the United Nations Mission in Sudan, where he devoted himself to support the peacekeeping mission in its rule of law, judicial systems and prison affairs portfolios.

He then served as the UNODC Regional Representative for the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), based in Uzbekistan before assuming his duties as the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa.

Interview on the occasion of the World Drug Report 2012