Anupama Chouhan

Administrative Assistant

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 Program 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.

    
 

Chandan Barman

Project Officer - India (Global Programme Against Trafficking in Persons)

Chandan Barman has experience of fourteen years in the field of social welfare, particularly in the protection and promotion of human rights especially of children and women. He has worked with Plan International (India Chapter), Save the Children, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Government of India. He has proven experience of developing programme strategy and management, networking, and resource material development. He has been instrumental in various advocacy and capacity building programmes, participated in the drafting of several legislations/rule making processes of the Government of India and worked extensively on strengthening community-based protection mechanisms. Mr Barman holds a Post Graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian Law from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad, India; MA Social Work in Child Rights from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India and a Bachelor of Law from the University Law College, Gauhati University, India.

   

 

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. She also brings experience of having worked with other UN agencies and organisations, including with UN Disarmament Research, UNDP, etc. in other regions. Her academic background is in International Relations and Chemistry, with specialisation in Conflict Analysis & UN Peacekeeping. 

   

 

Devendra Dutt

Law Enforcement Expert (Consultant)

Devendra Dutt is associated with UNODC as Consultant Law Enforcement Expert for South Asia. He superannuated from the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Excise) in 2008 as a Member of the Central Board of Excise & Customs in the Union Ministry of Finance. He has served with the Narcotics Control Bureau in operational and Headquarters roles. He is currently the Secretary of the Institute of Narcotics Studies and Analysis (INSA). He also served as a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army from 1968 to 1974. Devendra Dutt received the President of India Award on Republic Day, 1989 for distinguished record of service and devotion to duty and Commendation Certificate from the Central Board of Excise and Customs, Government of India for the work done in the field of Anti-Smuggling, Tax Evasion and Illicit Traffic in Foreign Exchange, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. He has also been a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA in Drug Abuse Control.

   

 

Geeta Bhaskar

Administrative and Finance Assistant

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

   

 

Imrul Kayes

Programme Coordinator (Bangladesh)

Imrul Kayes has been working at Bangladesh Program Office of UNODC/ROSA since October 2017. He achieved Master of International & Development Economics degree from Australian National University. A member of Bangladesh Civil Service (Administration Cadre), Imrul has previously worked with the Government of Bangladesh as an Executive Magistrate. His most recent assignment was with the Ministry of Public Administration, where he worked as an Senior Assistant Secretary. At UNODC, Imrul's responsibilities include substantive and financial implementation of crime prevention and criminal justice reforms projects in Bangladesh.

   

 

Madhu Sharma

National Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention)

Madhu joined UNODC as National Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) in June 2017. She possesses  multi-sectoral experience across poverty alleviation, micro-credit, and economic empowerment of women, livelihoods, gender, reproductive health and HIV. She has worked with the Government, NGOs, European Delegation in India, The World Bank and UNDP.  Madhu has a Masters in Social Work, an MBA and a Doctorate in Management. Her responsibilities include providing assistance in addressing the legal and criminal justice aspect of countering terrorism under the guidance of UNODC's Global Terrorism Prevention Branch.

   

Maju Mathew Varghese

Consultant (Drug Use and HIV)

Maju Mathew is a public health professional with experience of working across a plethora of public health issues mainly around HIV, reproductive health, maternal and child health, adolescent/youth health, health services etc. He has over two decades of experience with various organizations including national and international NGOs and UN Agencies. Maju's experience has been across most of the states in India providing technical assistance to national and state level health programmes also worked at the Regional Level (Asia Pacific Region) with UNAIDS RST Office, where he managed the Technical Support Facility (TSF) that supported 19 Asia Pacific Countries.   

 

   
 

 

Marina Yakunina

Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention, Bangladesh) 

Marina has worked with UNODC for the last 8 years. She is currently serving as Programme Officer (Terrorism Prevention) based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she works closely with local counterparts and supports the activities of the Terrorism Prevention Branch on the ground, also acting as Officer-in-charge of the Programme office. Prior to her appointment in Dhaka, she has worked at the UNODC headquarters in Vienna with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East and the Regional Section for South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific. Marina holds a Master's degree in Law with a focus on International Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Public Affairs.

 

   

 

Md. Gausul Alam

Administrative and Finance Assistant

Md. Gausul Alam has been a part of UNODC in Bangladesh since September 2017. He provides all administrative and financial related support to Regional Office, Terrorism Prevention Projects as well other projects.

   
 

 

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

Project Assistant

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

Technical Officer

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.

 

 

 

 

Shanaka Jayasekara

Programme Coordinator (India Ocean Region) GMCP

Shanaka joined UNODC in 2013 as an international staff member. He served as Programme Officer (Counter Piracy) in Seychelles from 2013-2015 supporting piracy prosecutions, and Programme Officer (Maritime Crime) in Kenya from 2015-2017 developing initiatives to counter heroin trafficking on the Southern Route. He currently serves as Programme Coordinator (Indian Ocean Region) with the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), and head of the Indian Ocean team of GMCP. 

   

 

Sonam Wangdi

National Project Coordinator (Bhutan)

Sonam joined UNODC in September 2017 as the National Project Coordinator. He manages the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) project in Bhutan. 

   

 


Tandin Wangmo

Consultant-Gender. Advocacy and Communications

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.

   

 

Stella Thomas

Finance Officer

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. 

   

 

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.  

 

   

 

Nabaraj Giri

Driver

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.