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Jean-Luc Lemahieu

Director, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs

ORGANISATION: UNODC


Jean-Luc Lemahieu was appointed Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in December 2013.

Before taking up this position in Vienna, he gained 20 years of field experience in various countries that are challenged by political economies and are heavily dependent on drug cultivation, including Afghanistan and Myanmar, and in transit regions such as the Caribbean. His first appointment with the United Nations dates back to 1990, as a Junior Professional Officer with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) assigned to the Republic of Korea. Prior to joining the UNODC (then the United Nations Drug Control Programme – UNDCP) in 1994, he also had a short tenure with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Lemahieu is a licensed jurist with a postgraduate degree in international law.


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