The SCODC Management Board governs organization’s direction and strategies for setting organizational policies. The Board, headed by the Chairman of the Board, is composed of five members elected for a five year long renewable term.
Board meetings take place at least twice a year to oversee and assess SCODC overall performance, provide strategic guidance, review, revise and approve new policies, and set targets for the management team.
The Board is headed by each its member using rotation principle every 12 months by alphabetical order. Nowadays the Board is headed by Mr. Paul Cook.
Mr. Paul Cook (United Kingdom) is an international consultant on drug trafficking and drug abuse. A former Chief Superintendent of Police in the United Kingdom, he has an extensive knowledge of the illicit drug world, both in respect of anti-trafficking and demand reduction. In the mid 1990s he was the United Kingdom police representative on the EU Drugs and Organized Working Group. Paul Cook retired from the UK police in 1997 and become an independent consultant. He has worked on drug issues in over 40 countries including Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Europe Union on behalf of the United Nations, the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), national governments and individual agencies. He has a degree in Law and a Master of Science in Criminology.
Mr. Mezahir Efendiyev (Azerbaijan) is a consultant in the area of drug supply and demand reduction, border & customs management. He has 15 years experience with various organizations including UNV, UNDP. He was a chairman of the Drug Control Commission at National Assembly of Youth Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (NAYORA), managed the EU funded and UNDP implemented South Caucasus Anti Drug Programme throughout 2001-2009, was Chief of Law Enforcement Unit at UNDP Azerbaijan. He is a Master of Public Administration.
Mr. Grigor Malintsyan (Republic of Armenia) is a consultant in the area of drug supply and demand reduction, border & customs management and development of IT automated management systems. He has 20 years of experience with various international organizations, out of which last 10 years with the UNDP. He managed the EU funded and UNDP implemented South Caucasus Anti Drug Programme throughout 2001-2009. Currently holds the position of the Country Manager of the Supporting Integrated Border Management Systems in the South Caucasus Programme in Armenia. He is a Master in the Automated Systems Management, Linguistics and Business Administration.
Mr. Platon Nozadze (Georgia) is a consultant in the area of drug supply and demand reduction, HIV/AIDS, Health Care administration and hospital management. He has 24 years of experience with various international organizations, such as UMCOR, World Bank, UNDP. In 1998-2001 he worked as a Head of Medical and Social Programs Management Department at Tbilisi City Department of Health and Social Affairs. He managed the EU funded and UNDP implemented South Caucasus Anti Drug Programme throughout 2001-2009. He is a Medical Doctor and Master of Public Administration in Public Policy.
Dr. Heino Stoever, Ph. D. (Germany) is a social scientist, PhD and Professor of Social Scientific Addiction Research at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt/ Germany, Faculty of Health and Social Work. Since 1987 he has been director of the Archive and Documentation Centre for Drug Literature and Research at the University of Bremen (www.archido.de). He is co-founder of the Bremen Institute for Drug Research (BISDRO), president of the national umbrella organisation working in the field of harm reduction for drug users called akzept e.V. (Bundesverband für akzeptierende Drogenarbeit und humane Drogenpolitik; www.akzept.org). Since 1st of September he is director of the “Institute of Addiction Research of the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt am Main”.
Heino Stöver’s main fields of research and project development expertise are health promotion for vulnerable groups, drug services, prisons and related health issues (especially HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and drug dependence). His research and consultancy expertise includes working as a consultant for the European Commission, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), WHO, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Open Society Institute (OSI) in various contexts.
He has published several articles in peer reviewed international journals and books on preventing and treating infectious diseases adequately (HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STIs, and TB), opioid substitution programmes (including the provision of heroin) in the community and in prisons, and general health care issues in prisons. He is co-founder of the International Journal of Prisoner Health. Heino Stöver has gained project experience by participating in several projects in the European Union, WHO and UNODC.