Abhishek Bista

Project Assistant

Abhishek joined UNODC Nepal from April 2020 and is responsible for providing general administrative support to the Office. His past experiences include: Program Coordinator, Survivors Nepal; Program Officer, European Economic Chamber. He holds a Post graduate degree in International Relations.


Ajay Prakash

National Programme Officer (HIV/AIDS), India

Ajay coordinates the public health portfolio of the office, related to drug users, prison inmates and population in close settings, particularly under UBRAF in the state of Gujarat. He brings along, over two decades of experience, working with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National AIDS Control Organization, UN organization, INGOs, research organizations and NGOs.   

Anupama Chouhan

Management & Admin Associat

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 Programme 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.


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, on programmes related to countering trafficking in persons and drug control. Her interest is also in preventing wildlife crime and climate change. She also brings experience of having worked with other UN agencies and organisations, including UNIDIR, UNDP, SARI/Equity etc. Her academic background is in International Relations and Chemistry, with specialisation in Conflict Analysis & UN Peacekeeping. 


Geeta Bhaskar

Admin & Finance Associate

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



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 Settlement Commission; 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. A graduate in Physics, 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. 



Marina Yakunina

Programme Coordinator (Bangladesh)

Marina has been working with UNODC since 2010. Following 8 years in different capacities in UNODC Headquarters, she has joined the Programme Office in Bangladesh as Programme Officer in 2018. She currently supports programmes on global maritime crime, countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism, and countering smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons. In her capacity as Officer-in-charge of the Bangladesh office, she also supports the overall portfolio and strategic development. Her academic background is in Law, with a focus on International Criminal Justice, and in Public Affairs.



Md. AbuTaher

National Programme Coordinator (HIV/AIDS), UNODC Bangladesh

Taher started his job with UNODC Bangladesh in March 2020 as National Programme Coordinator (HIV/AIDS). His responsibilities with UNODC include leading the HIV/AIDS Programme in Bangladesh, programme management and development, contributing to resource mobilization for the HIV/AIDS programme in Bangladesh, contributing to developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, as well as assistance in fundraising efforts of UNODC. Before joining UNODC, Taher worked with CARE Bangladesh for over 19 years. Throughout his career, he has worked in different capacities on development issues including HIV/AIDS & Drugs; Migration & Development; Labour Empowerment & Promotion of Labour Rights; Women & Child trafficking; Child Marriage, as well as Governance & System Strengthening. He has good working experience both with public and private donors including EC, DFID, USAID, World Bank and others. Academically, Taher obtained a Master’s in Sociology and has also completed a professional Master’s degree in Governance Studies.



Mohammad Hasibul Haq

Project Assistant, GLO.ACT-Bangladesh

Hasibul joined UNODC GLO.ACT-Bangladesh project on countering trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants in April 2020. He contributes to effective project implementation and operations, with extensive support on all issues related to administrative and financial management, procurement, travel, and ensuring the overall timeliness of delivery. Before joining GLO.ACT-Bangladesh, Hasibul had been working with UNODC Bangladesh since August 2018 providing administrative and financial support under various projects. Hasibul has more than 16 years of experience working with different organizations including UNODC, UNDP, the World Bank and others. During this period, he worked in the areas of finance, accounts, audit, budget, sub-grant management, procurement and other relevant project support activities. Hasibul completed his Master’s degree in Commerce, with a major in Accounting.



Muhammad Mahdy Hassan

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

Mahdy is the National Programme Officer (Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants) and country lead for the GLO.ACT-Bangladesh programme. He has over seven years of progressive working experience on the prevention and fight against trafficking in persons and policy advocacy on the 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 to the victims and the human rights programme management and implementation. Prior to working with UNODC, Mahdy worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and played his role as counter-trafficking and protection focal point, supporting in conducting and designing a training programme for the law enforcement agencies. He had also worked with UNDP, BRAC, Relief International, ARTICLE 19 and the National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh. Mahdy holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Laws degree from University of Dhaka. In addition, he participated in a specialized course on Economic, Social and Development Rights at the Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal.


Parimal Chandra Deb

Admin and Finance Associate, UNODC Bangladesh

Parimal joined UNODC in May 2020 as Admin and Finance Associate to support the operations and administrative management of the UNHCR-funded project on building knowledge, capacities and resilience to counter threats of drugs and crime in Cox's Bazar. Since 2004, Parimal has been working with UN entities and the World Bank in the area of operations for effective and efficient functioning of the programmes. He has also worked for two years at Cox's Bazaar emergency duty station after the 2017 Rohingya influx as Humanitarian Finance & Admin Officer and Operations Analyst with UNFPA and UN Women. Throughout his career working with UN organizations, also including UNDP, he has performed financial, administrative and budget management-related responsibilities. He has also received international training from the World Bank and UNFPA, and is well versed in ATLAS after receiving Training of Trainers on ATLAS GPS Phase II from UNFPA Bangkok Regional Office. His academic background includes a Master’s of Commerce and a Bachelor’s of Commerce degrees in Accounting.


Pernile Rasmussen

Programme Officer (GMCP, Sri Lanka)

Pernille joined the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) in 2015 in the office in Nairobi and worked on the Detention & Transfer Programme focusing on the managing high-risk prisoners in Kenya and Somaliland. In 2018, she relocated to Colombo, Sri Lanka as a programme officer supporting GMCP activities in the Eastern Indian Ocean, mainly Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Before joining the UN Pernille was in the Danish Defense working as a cultural liaisons officer.



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

Admin & Finance Associate

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 Expert

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.



S.M. Naheeaan

National Programme Coordinator, UNODC Bangladesh

 Naheeaan started his work with UNODC Bangladesh in June 2020 as National Programme Coordinator. His responsibilities with UNODC mainly comprise coordination and effective implementation of the UNHCR-funded project on building knowledge, capacities and resilience to counter threats of drugs and crime in Cox's Bazar, as well as advocacy and coordination with the Government of Bangladesh and other relevant stakeholders with regard to project activities in the field of countering organized crime and drugs, with a focus on human rights and gender. He will also support ongoing initiatives and help develop new projects for Bangladesh under the Regional Programme for South Asia; provide substantive inputs to the Government of Bangladesh and other relevant stakeholders in the field of countering drugs and crime, human rights and gender, and support fundraising efforts. Naheeaan has been working in the UN system for over ten years and has worked with four UN agencies. In his last position before joining UNODC, he had worked with UN Women on Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW), Gender-Responsive Budgeting and Planning (GRB&P) and Gender & HIV areas. He had also worked with UNDP on Business and Human Rights and GRB&P areas. Before that he had worked in various capacities with UNAIDS, UNFPA, Cairn Energy Bangladesh Limited, and SHURID-Bangladesh. Naheeaan holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Currently he is pursuing another Master’s in Governance Studies.


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. 


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.


Tshering Na

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (Bhutan)

Tshering joined the UNODC Bhutan project office in November 2019 as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. He holds a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Natural Resources and Life Science Vienna, Austria. During his eleven years of experience, he had been working as a planner, project coordinator, researcher and Deputy Chief Forestry Officer under the Department of Forest and Park Services in Bhutan.


Thaminda Perera

Admin and Finance Associate (Sri Lanka)

Thaminda Perera joined UNODC in 2020 as the Admin and Finance Associate at the Project Office in Sri Lanka. Thaminda has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainable Performance Management from the Manchester Metropolitan University. He further studied management accounts from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, London, United Kingdom. Thaminda’s first appointment with the UN was with UNICEF Regional Office in Denmark. He joined UNHCR Colombo Office as Admin and Finance Associate in 2016. Prior to the UN, Thaminda worked for KPMG and Ernst & Young for nearly seven years. During his tenures with the UN and Mercantile sector, he has worked as an Auditor, Audit Supervisor, Finance Controller, Finance Assistant and Admin and Finance Associate. 


Thoiba Saeedh

Project Coordinator (Maldives)

Thoiba is the Project Coordinator with the UNODC Program Office in the Maldives. Joining the UNODC team in April 2020, she is responsible for coordination and effective implementation of the EU funded prison projects; support of ongoing initiatives and developing new projects for Maldives under the Regional Program for South Asia; providing policy advice and technical guidance to the Government of Maldives in the field of preventing and countering terrorism, violent extremism and criminal justice reform; and exploring new fund-raising opportunities. Thoiba holds a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh


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

Admin & Finance Associate

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.