Expert network

SCODC operates a database of international and local experts with practical expertise on technical assistance against illicit drug trafficking and other types of organized crime. These qualified individuals come from a variety of backgrounds and are experienced in working closely with national judicial and law enforcement authorities and with international organizations. SCODC promotes the experts of its network while preserving their confidentiality. SCODC also provides administrative and technical support to its experts. SCODC experts remain independent and in particular are free to accept or refuse any potential missions. SCODC promotes its expert network on a voluntary basis and does not seek profit. We present below brief CVs of some selected experts of the SCODC network.

P.C. (United Kingdom) is an international consultant on drug trafficking and drug abuse. A former Chief Superintendent of Police in the United Kingdom, P.C. 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 Organised Working Group. PC 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.

B.T. (United Kingdom) is an international consultant on international law enforcement issues in drug control and tackling organized crime. A former Police Officer in the United Kingdom, B.T. has acquired considerable operational, managerial, leadership and command experience in the UK and abroad. His last police appointment was as Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime Operations in West Yorkshire Police where he was responsible for the strategic direction, performance and leadership of six specialist Squads dealing with major crime, drugs, fraud, terrorism, child protection and organized vehicle theft. He has substantial strategic and operational experience on the issue of drug control and extensive knowledge of the range of measures required to effectively respond to drug misuse and trafficking.  His skills include project design/implementation/management, development of strategy, assessments, evaluation, training delivery and mentoring of staff. In 1990 whilst Head of the West Yorkshire Police Drug Squad he conducted international research on approaches to drug control under the auspices of a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.  As Secretary to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Crime Drugs sub-committee he contributed to the development of the ACPO National Drug Strategy and to the police service response to the UK Government National Drug Strategy.  On retiring from the police service in 2000 he was appointed as Chief of the Supply Reduction and Law Enforcement Section of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) based in Vienna, Austria. In 2003, following the merger of the UNDCP and the UN Centre for International Crime Prevention (CICP) to become the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), he was appointed Chief of the Anti-Trafficking Section which dealt with all aspects of organized crime. Responsibilities included the development of the UNODC strategic approach to law enforcement programs and projects, conducting law enforcement assessments, promotion of international law enforcement cooperation and design/ development/ implementation and evaluation of law enforcement projects.

Dr. H. S. (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”. His 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. He has gained project experience by participating in several projects in the European Union, WHO and UNODC.

Dr. Z.B. (Georgia) is an international consultant on international law enforcement issues in Transnational Organized Crime (Counter Terrorism, Human Trafficking, Illicit Drug Trafficking and abuse, Trans-Border Crime); Border and Customs Management (Airport, Seaport and Land borders); International Law (Conventions and International Agreements, Implementation in the National Legislation); Criminal, Customs and Border Legislation (Preparation of draft laws, amendments and additions); Legal Analysis (Drafting harmonization, actualization and adjustment proposals for the National legislation); Data Collection and Analysis on illicit drugs and precursors manufacturing and trafficking; Inter-institutional and Multi-agency Cooperation among law enforcement bodies. A former senior police officer has 25 years experience and besides university degree he has obtained special knowledge with degrees of Law Expert and Doctor in Law. He is monographer of 13 thematic books. He is also author of many thematic scientific works including comparative law on EU Member States approaches and tendencies related to drug abusers and drug traffickers. He has participated in implementation of all anti drug UN Conventions, drafting of UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime during the three years as a member of UNODC working group. At the same time he was UNDCP liaison officer in Georgia. He is a Member of the “Georgian Jurists Union” (Georgia, Tbilisi), “World Jurists Association” (USA, Washington, DC) and Training Advisory Board of TADOC (Turkey, Ankara). As an expert/trainer he has worked for UNDCP, UNODC, UNDP, OSCE and conducted series of training for law enforcement officers.

T. M. (United Kingdom) is an international consultant in Customs Drug investigation (28 years experience). He was an Officer of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (formerly HMC&E) and then later worked as a senior manager in the Serious Organised Crime Agency. In the late 90’s he was the Team Leader of a group specialising in countering West African Organised Crime Groups. He worked as Executive Director of  the multi national  Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (narcotics) in Lisbon dealing with transnational cocaine trafficking www.mleassociates.co.uk. His specific relevant experience includes Multinational working, Counter Drug Cooperation, Civil -Military interaction, End to End Counter Drugs, Information Sharing, Intelligence Led Policing, Maritime Operations and Analysis.

G.C. (United Kingdom) is an international consultant on Anti-Fraud, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Corruption, Cyber-Crime Investigations/Management, Investigation Management, Risk Management, Policing and Law reform areas. He was a career British police office, with some 31 years experience in investigation and prosecuting of serious terrorist crime as well as organised crime in its many guises. He was the head of the Police Fraud Squad and also had UK wide responsibilities as a member of the ACPO Economic Crime Committee, National Working Group on Fraud (NWEF). He has several years experience as a “Resident Twinning Advisor” (RTA) and “Short Term Expert” (STE) on a number of EU funded Twinning and TAIEX projects throughout Europe (Albania, Romania, Poland, Lithuania).

S. B. (Russian Federation) is an international consultant on migration and border management and capacity building. He has been focused on migration management activities more than ten years during his work with International Organization for Migration (IOM) and his experience in the area of migration is as broad as border management, assisted voluntary return, counter trafficking, labor migration, readmission, ID management and information dissemination activities. Beyond the experience in the RF S. B. has also had to do with regional processes and generally had to familiarize with the migration situation in whole of the CIS. Moreover he has appropriate understanding of the EU migration situation including in particular requirements for the EU External Borders and can therefore also apply those if necessary. For all above S.B. has strong training expertise as he used to be involved into training activities implementing by international organizations and government structures in Russia and neighboring states as trainer, moderator and curricula developer.

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