Sergey Kapinos: UNODC Representative for South Asia

Mr. Sergey Kapinos, a Russian career diplomat, assumed the post of the Representative- UNODC Regional Office for South Asia in November 2016. The Office covers six South Asian countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. As the Regional Representative, Mr. Kapinos'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.

Prior to his appointment at UNODC; Mr. Kapinos was Ambassador, Head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Centre in Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan.

He brings to his new assignment extensive practical experience in managing field operations for the OSCE, as well as in forging and maintaining close partnership arrangements with a wide range of stakeholders. 

In a career spanning over 39 years, he has served as Ambassador, Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan and, prior to that, has held various positions with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including: Deputy Director, 4th CIS Department; Minister-Counsellor, Russian Embassy in Armenia; Senior Counsellor, International Security and Disarmament Department; and Head of Economic Division, Russian Embassy in India.

Mr. Kapinos has two Master's degrees, one in Law from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1990 - 1992) and one in Business and Administration from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (1973 - 1978).

He is married and speaks English, French, Polish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Hindi.


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