Bureau and Extended Bureau 

In order to function effectively, the Commission needs to organize and prepare its work carefully and in advance. Such tasks are carried out by the Bureau and the Extended Bureau of the Commission, which play an active role in the preparation of the regular and the inter-sessional meetings with the assistance of the Secretariat.

The Bureau of the Commission is composed of the Chairperson, three Vice-Chairpersons and one Rapporteur. At the end of its reconvened session, the Commission elects its Bureau for the next session. The Extended Bureau also includes the Chairpersons of the five regional groups, the European Union and the Group of 77 and China.

In view of the practice of rotation of offices based on regional distribution, the officers at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission are from the following regional groups: Chairperson from the African Group; the three Vice-Chairpersons from the Asia-Pacific Group, the Eastern European Group, the Western European and Other States (WEOG), and the rapporteur from the Latin America and the Caribbean Group (GRULAC) 

Chair

Ambassador Khaled Shamaa is the Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations Office at Vienna and Chair of the 57 th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Mr. Shamaa was Assistant Deputy Foreign Minister for Disarmament Affairs at the Egyptian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. During his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he served at the Egyptian Embassies and Permanent Missions in Brasilia, Pretoria and New York.

Mr. Shamaa holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Cairo University and a Master's degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. He speaks English, French and Portuguese and is married and father of three children.