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Appointment of a new UNODC Regional Representative for Central America and the Caribbean

Panama, 22 July 2022. On 1 July 2022, Ms. Sylvie Bertrand (Canada, Bolivia) joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) as its new Regional Representative. 

Bringing extensive experience to the region, Sylvie joined UNODC in 2004. She has served both in the UNODC’s field network in Kenya and South Africa and at its Headquarters in Vienna.  More recently she served as Deputy Regional Representative at the Regional Office for Eastern Africa and prior to joining UNODC’s management team, she worked at UNODC in various capacities, including  as  Advisor, Expert, Programme Coordinator and Head of Pillar,  implementing UNODC’s health and social development mandate, including HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support of people who use drugs and people living and working in prison settings, as well as UNODC’s response on drug use prevention, treatment and care.   

Before joining UNODC, Sylvie served at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a coordination officer in the Resident Coordinator's Office in South Africa and prior to joining the UN family, she had the opportunity to manage development projects in civil society organizations in Bolivia and Bulgaria.  She worked in the public sector at the municipal level addressing management practices, including results-based management and services delivery.

Sylvie holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, advanced degrees in Municipal Management and Law, as well as a Master's degree in Public Administration from L'Ecole Administration Publique du Quebec, Canada. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.