Arrival of New Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is pleased to announce the arrival of its new Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, Mr. Masood Karimipour (USA).

Prior to joining the Regional Office, Mr. Karimipour served as UNODC Regional Representative in the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), based in Uzbekistan.

Mr. Karimipour started his career in public service as a trial attorney in New York City representing indigent clients for the Legal Aid Society. He then worked in the Western Pacific region promoting access to justice as the Public Defender for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  Mr. Karimipour subsequently served in Afghanistan as Chief of the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Programme, contributing to the development of the national justice strategy and implementing a holistic rule-of-law reform programme.  He was then the Senior Judicial Affairs Officer for the United Nations Mission in Sudan, where he supported the peacekeeping mission in its rule-of-law, judicial systems and prison affairs portfolio.  Mr. Karimipour holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the State University of New York and a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.