Anupama Chouhan

Administrative Assistant

Anupama joined UNODC in April 2007. She assists the Regional Representative in the overall day-to-day management and coordination of office activities and manages her agenda. She also acts as the security focal point for UNODC.



Anusha Munasinghe

National Program Officer (Trafficking in Persons, Sri Lanka)

Anusha is the National Program Officer in Sri Lanka for Global Programme Against Trafficking in Persons. Anusha has extensive experience on rule of law, administration of justice, access to justice,  child rights, legal aid, alternative dispute resolution, migration and human trafficking, policy planning/ development  and analysis. She has experience from various sectors including two decades in State sector and UN organizations and regional bodies. Her academic background is in law, international relations and public policy and management.


  Alan Cole

Head, Global Martitime Crime Programme (Sri Lanka)

Alan Cole heads UNODC's Global Maritime Crime Programme from UNODC's office in Colombo.  The Programme has approximately 80 full time personnel in 20 countries around the world, all managed by Alan and his small team in Sri Lanka. Alan is a qualified barrister and prior to joining UNODC in 2009, served for 18 years in the UK Royal Navy in a number of roles including as a boarding officer, submariner and legal advisor.  



Binija Goperma

Programme Coordinator (Nepal)

Since 2008, Binija is responsible for the overall management and delivery of UNODC's programme in Nepal. She has extensive experience in UN technical assistance programming, exhibits sound knowledge on programme management, gender responsive planning, planning and policy development, advocacy and awareness, as well as on issues related to drug use prevention, HIV/AIDS, migration and human trafficking. She has over fifteen years of experience in working with diversified systems, sectors, organizations and clientele, ranging from the private sector, civil society, government, donors, international organizations, bilateral agencies and other UN organizations.


Chandan Barman

Project Officer - India (Global Programme Against Trafficking in Persons)

Chandan Barman has experience of fourteen years in the field of social welfare, particularly in the protection and promotion of human rights especially of children and women. He has worked with Plan International (India Chapter), Save the Children, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Government of India. He has proven experience of developing programme strategy and management, networking, and resource material development. He has been instrumental in various advocacy and capacity building programmes, participated in the drafting of several legislations/rule making processes of the Government of India and worked extensively on strengthening community-based protection mechanisms. Mr Barman holds a Post Graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian Law from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad, India; MA Social Work in Child Rights from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India and a Bachelor of Law from the University Law College, Gauhati University, India.


Deepika Naruka

Programme Coordinator for Countering Transnational Organised Crime and Trafficking

Deepika Naruka is the Programme Coordinator for countering transnational organised crime (TOC) and trafficking.  She has extensive experience on human security, gender and development in various countries, and has worked with UNODC in South Asia, East Asia & Pacific, and at the headquarters. She also brings experience of having worked with other UN agencies and organisations, including with UN Disarmament Research, UNDP, etc. in other regions. Her academic background is in International Relations and Chemistry, with specialisation in Conflict Analysis & UN Peacekeeping. 


Geeta Bhaskar

Administrative and Finance Assistant

Geeta joined UNODC in New Delhi in March 2012. She supports the Office's work on anti-corruption and HIV prevention in prisons.


Ghyes Kamal 

National Programme Officer (Container Control Programme), Bangladesh

Ghyes has been working with UNODC South Asia since September 2019, and is responsible for managing and implementing the Container Control Programme in South Asia. He works in close cooperation with government counterparts and specialized agencies, organizing training activities and developing project ideas and concepts on related mandates of UNODC. Prior to UNODC, he served in the Bangladesh Customs, particularly as First Secretary of Customs Modernization and Project Management of National Board of Revenue. Over 13 years of service, he worked as Joint, Deputy and Assistant Commissioner in supervising positions of Customs enforcement in air, land and sea ports of Bangladesh. He has Specialization in non-intrusive inspection and profiling of cargoes. He holds Masters` degree in Science and Public Policy.



Jayant Misra

Consultant (Drug Law Enforcement), South Asia

Mr. Misra is associated with UNODC South Asia as an expert consultant on drug law enforcement. A career civil servant, Misra joined the Indian Revenue Service, Government of India in 1981. Prior to UNODC, he served as the Director General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. He last assignment before leaving the Government in 2019 was Chairman, Settlement Commission. He has held several important positions including Member, Customs, Excise and Service Tax; Director General, GST and Director General, Systems. Misra previously served as the Chief Commissioner, Customs and Central Excise Zone, Vadodara (Gujarat), the Development Commissioner, NEPZ, Ministry of Commerce, and OSD/Joint Secretary/Director, Rajya Sabha. He was also a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Allahabad University. He holds a Masters in History; Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Finance and a degree in Law from Delhi University. His hobbies include Photography, Travel and Reading. 



Maju Mathew Varghese

Consultant (Drug Use and HIV)

Maju Mathew is a public health professional with experience of working across a plethora of public health issues mainly around HIV, reproductive health, maternal and child health, adolescent/youth health, health services etc. He has over two decades of experience with various organizations including national and international NGOs and UN Agencies. Maju's experience has been across most of the states in India providing technical assistance to national and state level health programmes also worked at the Regional Level (Asia Pacific Region) with UNAIDS RST Office, where he managed the Technical Support Facility (TSF) that supported 19 Asia Pacific Countries.   



Muhammad Mahdy Hassan

National Programme Officer (Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants) and Country Lead, GLO.ACT, Bangladesh

Mahdy is the National Programme Officer (Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants) and country lead for GLO.ACT-Bangladesh Programme. He has over 07 years of progressive working experience on the prevention and fight against trafficking in persons (TIP) and policy advocacy on rights of the refugees, migrant workers, Dalit (untouchable), persons with disability, indigenous women and minority people. Mahdy is trained on human rights, protection mainstreaming, protection and assistance support to the victims and the Human Rights Programme management and implementation. Prior to working with UNODC, Mahdy worked with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and played his role as counter trafficking and protection focal point and supported in conducting and designing training programme for the law enforcement agencies. He also worked with UNDP, BRAC, Relief International, ARTICLE 19 and the National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh. Mahdy holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from University of Dhaka. In addition, he participated in a specialized course on Economic, Social and Development Rights (ESDR) at of Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal.


Pema Namgyel

Administrative and Finance Assistant

Pema joined UNODC in Bhutan in July 2017. He is responsible for the administration and finance of UNODC's anti-human trafficking project.



Poonam Bhambri

Programme Associate HR

Poonam joined UNODC in 1989. She is responsible for the human resource management of the regional office.


Rajesh Kumar

Field Office Support Engineer

Rajesh joined UNODC in November 2003. He is responsible for providing support to field offices with their day-to-day information technology needs. 



Reena Pathak 

Project Officer (Nepal)

Reena Pathak joined UNODC in October 2018. She has over 11 years of professional experience working on gender, human rights, labor migration and human trafficking issues. She has worked with The Asia Foundation, Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD), Peoples Law Firm and Research Center, Kathmandu School of Law. Her responsibilities with UNODC will include substantive and financial implementation of project activities; support of law reform initiatives on gender-based violence issues, human trafficking, human smuggling, drug trafficking and assistance to the Programme Coordinator in a number of areas, including exploration of new funding opportunities, providing legal and policy implications on those areas. Her good rapport with the human rights agencies and stakeholders of the justice system and experience of working in with the government and non-government agencies will prove to be highly helpful in delivering required results, developing work plans and building collaboration with other national and international stakeholders. She holds bachelor's degree in Law and Master's Degree (LL.M) in Human Rights and Gender Justice.  



Samarth Pathak

Communications Officer (South Asia)

Samarth joined UNODC in May 2017 as the Communications Officer for South Asia. In this role, Samarth coordinates communications, strategic advocacy and external relations for UNODC in the region. He also leads youth-focused initiatives on SDG 16, human rights and the rule of law as part of the Education for Justice (E4J) global program. Prior to UNODC, Samarth worked as a news producer with Reuters TV and moved to the policy-development space in his stints with reputed international think tanks. His experience encompasses policy analysis and public advocacy, Track II Diplomacy, strategic communications, and news reporting and production. Samarth also writes for The Huffington Post, and his reports and op-eds have previously appeared in Medium, The Guardian, Reuters Alertnet, The Dawn, Hardnews and The Asian Age. 


Savita Bhat

Project Assistant

Savita has been working with UNODC since 1999. She provides financial and administrative support to the regional project on drug law enforcement.


Seema Joshi Arya

Criminal Justice Officer

Seema works as the Criminal Justice Officer at the UNODC Regional Office for South Asia. Her work includes providing policy level inputs on matters relating to criminal justice and transnational organized crime. She has extensive experience in the field ofhuman rights, criminal law, justice sector reform, access to justice, drug trafficking, gender and prison reform.She has over fifteen years of experience in working with diversified systems, sectors and organizations, ranging from the civil society, government, international organizations, and other UN organizations. She has attained her degree in Law from the University of Delhi, India and holds a Master's in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.





Tandin Wangmo

Programme Coordinator (Bhutan)

Tandin Wangmo was previously the CEO/Executive Director of RENEW. Founded by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck (2004), RENEW is the only organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and children, with specific attention to the survivors of domestic/gender-based violence. Ms. Wangmo holds a Masters' degree in Educational Studies from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has also worked with the Media and Knowledge Centre, People's Democratic Party, Institute of Management Studies, Gross National Happiness Centre and the Ministry of Education in Bhutan. She has proven resource mobilisation skills and experience of developing strategic plans and policies. She has been a Master Trainer in Life Skills Education, Public Health Issues, Leadership and Communication Skills. She holds a Masters in Educational Studies from the University of Newcastle, Australia and a Bachelor's in Education from Samtse College of Education, Bhutan.


Stella Thomas

National Programme Officer (Finance and Operations)

Stella joined UNODC in February 2004. She holds the overall responsibility for overseeing the management of all UNODC financial resources. She is also responsible for the administrative aspects of human resource management.


Suruchi Pant

Deputy Representative

Suruchi Pant is the Deputy Representative of UNODC Regional Office for South Asia. She is responsible for the management and programmatic oversight of all technical cooperation projects/programmes at UNODC ROSA. Over the last several years, she has managed various projects and initiatives on drugs and health, organized crime, corruption and criminal justice and her focus is to identify and develop new programmes, raise funds and advocate for the implementation of the Regional Programme for South Asia in close cooperation with UNODC partners in the South Asia region. She works with Governments, funding partners, UN and civil society to explore new partnerships for programming in UNODC mandated areas of drugs, crime, terrorism, criminal justice and corruption. 


M. Ismail Thowfeek 

Administrative and Finance Assistant 

Thowfeek joined UNODC in Sri Lanka Project Office very recently in November 2018. His responsibilities would be providing administrative and financial support to the Global Programme Against Trafficking in Persons, in Sri Lanka. He has extensive experience with UN in Admin & Finance and Procurement for nearly 13 years. He pursed a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and is just completed his Executive MSc in Finance" and Gender Justice.  




Varshika Singh

Administrative and Finance Assistant

Varshika joined UNODC in May 2018. She was born and brought up in Nepal. She has completed Bachelor in Business Administration and Master's in Sociology. She has more than 13 years of work experience with UN system. She has worked with several UN agencies like - WFP, WHO, UNDP and UNICEF in Nepal and India. Her role in UNODC is to provide Administrative and Financial support for the TP related work in South Asia.




Nabaraj Giri


Nabraj joined UNODC in Nepal in July 2008. He works for the Nepal office and drives staff and official guests safely to their destinations.


Sapan Barua

Senior Driver

Sapan joined  UNODC  in January 1992. He drives staff and official guests safely to their destination.


Devendra, R S Yadav, Diwan Ram

Security Guards

The Guards have been with UNODC since April 2004. They ensure proper security checks at the entrance and exit of persons and goods into and out of UNODC premises.