Irka Kuleshnyk

Senior Terrorism Prevention Officer, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna

Irka KULESHNYK currently serves as senior terrorism prevention officer in the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), where she is in charge of the delivery of legal technical assistance in a number of regions throughout the world. During the course of her work, she has led, chaired, and overseen various UNODC missions and/or workshops pertaining to strengthening the international legal regime against terrorism. She has served in the Branch since its inception in 1999 with the exception of a secondment in 2006 to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, where she worked on the team of the Report of the Secretary-General entitled “Uniting against Terrorism: Recommendations for a Global Counter-terrorism Strategy.” This report was the basis upon which the UN General Assembly negotiated, and subsequently adopted, the resolution containing the UN Global Counter-terrorist Strategy. Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Kuleshnyk served in the Criminal Justice Department at New Jersey City University, where she taught courses on terrorism and international criminal justice, obtaining tenure and the rank of an associate professor. Dr. Kuleshnyk has published and presented various papers on terrorism issues. She received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a doctoral degree in criminal justice from the City University of New York.

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