Cristina Albertin: UNODC Representative for South Asia
Since 1991, Cristina has been working with the United Nations in different capacities. She started her career with the World Food Programme in Bolivia where she worked from 1991 to 1994. She then joined the United Nations Drug Control Programme (which later came to be known as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - UNODC) in Lima, Peru, as Assistant Representative. In 1997, she moved to the UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, where she first worked as a Programme Manager for South America and later became the Chief of the Regional Section for Latin America and the Caribbean, working on technical cooperation projects in drug control and crime prevention. In early 2007, she joined UNODC in La Paz, Bolivia as Representative, where she worked with communities to educate them about the risks and impact of drugs and crime as well as to create greater awareness about human trafficking.
Since April 2009, Cristina heads the UNODC Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), based in New Delhi, India. The Office covers six South Asian countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. As the Regional Representative, Cristina's focus is to increase awareness about the risks and impact of organized crime and corruption on the rule-of-law and security of the people in the region, and to advocate for the comprehensive implementation of the UN Conventions to counteract these threats.