Ugljesa (Ugi) Zvekic

Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN

Senior Advisor, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Visiting Professor, Law School University of Rome 3; School of Governance, LUISS, Rome; Law School, Univeristy of Belgrade


Mr. Zvekić, born on 2 August 1950 in Belgrade, has a law degree and a PhD in sociology. He was a Fulbright scholar (1973-75) and then worked in the Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research in Belgrade from 1976 to 1984 when he joined the United Nations Crime and Drugs Programme.

Until 1999 he was a Deputy Director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) based in Italy. From 1999 to 2004 he headed the anti-crime programme of the United Nations regional office for Southern Africa, based in Pretoria, South Africa.  Until his retirement from the United Nations in September 2009, he was in charge of the Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria.

He has published extensively on crime and development, and reform of the criminal justice system from the perspective of human rights and international standards. He has taught in many academic institutions worldwide.

His vast experience in multilateral work within the United Nations Secretariat will be of assistance in the multilateral diplomacy at the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva.