Biography

Mr. Antonio Mazzitelli started his professional career with the United Nations in 1990 when he joined the Secretariat of the International Narcotic Control Board of the United Nations (INCB) at UN Vienna HQ.

In 1992, he moved to the Division of Operation of the UN Drug Control Program and served at Vienna Headquarters, Lagos Nigeria (1993-1996) and Bogota Colombia (1996-1999). 

In March 1999, he was entrusted with the opening up the UNODC Office in the I.R. of Iran where he performed as UNODC Representative until 2003.

From 2003 to 2009 he headed the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar with an operational mandate over 24 West and Central African countries. From Dakar he was particularly active in mobilizing the attention of the UN Security Council, the international press and diplomatic community on the threats posed by drug trafficking and organized crime in the West African region.  

Appointed as UNODC Regional Representative for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean in 2009, he successfully negotiated with the Mexican government the re-profiling of the UNODC presence in the country by opening up the first UNODC Liaison and Partnership Office in 2012.

In 2017, he returned to UNODC Vienna HQ where he heads the Latin America and Caribbean Section of the Division of Operation. 

He has published articles on drug trafficking and transnational organized crime in Nigeria, Colombia, Spain, Italy, Mexico, the US and the UK. From 1998 to 1999 he lectured on the drug industry and organized crime at the University of Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia. 

Mr Mazzitelli holds a degree in Law from the University of Bologna, Italy and a post university specialization in International Cooperation and Politics of Intervention in Developing Countries from the University of Bologna, Faculty of Political Science. He completed his studies at the Societa Italiana Organizzazioni Internazionali – SIOI, Rome, Italy.