UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa

Mr. Masood Karimipour

Mr. Karimipour's career as a legal advisor and international rule of law development advisor spans 26 years. Currently, he is the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo, Egypt. He is overseeing UNODC regional and national rule of law programmes and team on combating corruption, organized crime, trafficking in human beings, drugs and arms, terrorism and supporting criminal justice reforms. Previously, he was UNODC Regional Representative in Central Asia, based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, overseeing UNODC regional programme and team in the same thematic areas.

Mr. Karimipour was Senior Judicial Affairs Officer for the United Nations Mission in Sudan where he supported the mission's rule of law, judicial systems and prison affairs portfolio and oversaw a large team of justice and corrections professionals.

Mr. Karimipour was Chief of the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Programme funded by the U.S. Department of State where he led a nation-wide team of more than 100 rule of law professionals supporting Afghan rule of law and criminal justice system reforms.

Mr. Karimipour also served as the Chief Public Defender for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands where he promoted access to justice.  Mr. Karimipour began his career in public service as a trial attorney representing indigent clients in New York City (1988-1997).  Mr. Karimipour is an attorney licensed to practice in several U.S. jurisdictions. He was born in Iran, is a U.S. citizen, and is married. 

Interview on the occasion of the World Drug Report 2012 (Arabic)

Interview with Al Messa Magazine 18/4/2015 (Arabic)