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Hakan Demirbuken

Independent Expert

Hakan graduated from the Statistics Department of the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, followed by a Master’s degree in remote sensing. After this, he worked for the Turkish Government’s Statistics Department for eight years. Hakan participated in several projects on remote sensing, population census, information management systems, and data analysis.

At end of 2001, Hakan began working for the United National Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the American Vietnam Veterans, and the Turkish Red Crescent as consultant on remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). He continued his services for 13 years at UNODC. During his services at UNODC, he worked in Afghanistan, Central Asian Countries, Pakistan, Myanmar, Lao and Morocco.

Hakan designed and implemented Opium Poppy Survey Projects in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Lao and Morocco by using Remote Sensing, Statistics and GIS techniques. He also developed capacity in these countries by training government officials.

Later on, he developed a research project about global Afghan Opiate Trafficking. The objective of the programmes are to examine a) the size and flow of opiate trafficking in the world, b) the links between terrorism and organized crime, and c) the links between corruption and money laundering. First of the Afghan Opiate Trade programme, “Addiction, Crime and Insurgency” was released in November 2009. This report took a lot of attention from member states with the ground breaking findings on heroin trafficking worldwide. Later on, he prepared several other research reports to understand the drivers of opiate trafficking through, Balkan, Southern and Northern Routes at global level.

Publications

  • Demirbuken H, “The Illicit Drug Trade Through South-Eastern Europe “, UNODC, 2014
  • Demirbuken H, “ The Impacts of drug use on users and their families in Afghanistan”, UNODC, 2014
  • Demirbuken H, “ Misuse of Trade Agreements by Opiate Trafficking in West and Central Asia : A Threat Assessment, ” UNODC, 2012
  • Demirbuken H, “ Opiate Flows Through Northern Afghanistan and Central Asia : A Threat Assessment, ” UNODC, 2012
  • Demirbuken H, “ Afghan Opiate Trade : A Threat Assessment report 2011”, UNODC, July 2011
  • Demirbuken H, “ World Drug report 2011”, UNODC, June 2011 ( Preperation of heroin chapter).
  • Demirbuken H, “ Globlaziation of crime “ UNODC, June 2010 ( Preperation of heroin chapter).
  • Demirbuken H, “ World Drug report 2010”, UNODC, June 2010 ( Preperation of heroin chapter).
  • Demirbuken H, “ Addiction, Crime and Insurgency – The Transnational threat of Afghan opium” , UNODC, October 2009
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Drug Trends in Afghanistan’, UNODC, May 2008
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Drug Trends in Pakistan’, UNODC, May 2008
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Drug Trends in Russia’, UNODC, May 2008
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Drug Trends in Central Asia’, UNODC, May 2008
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Afghanistan, Opium poppy survey’, UNODC, Nov 2007
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Compendium of Statistics in Central Asia’, UNODC, June 2007
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Afghanistan, Opium poppy survey’, UNODC, Oct 2006
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Afghanistan, Drug abuse survey’, UNODC, Jun 2006
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Afghanistan, Opium poppy survey’, UNODC, Nov 2005
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Morocco, Cannabis Survey’, UNODC, Nov 2005
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Laos, Opium poppy Survey’, UNODC, Sep 2005
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Myanmar Opium Survey’, UNODC, Sep 2005
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Morocco, Cannabis Survey’, UNODC, Nov 2004
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Afghanistan, Opium poppy survey’, UNODC, Oct 2004
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Myanmar Opium Survey’, UNODC, Sep 2004
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Laos, Opium poppy Survey’, UNODC, Sep 2004
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Morocco, Cannabis Survey’, UNODC, Oct 2003
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Afghanistan, Opium poppy survey’, UNODC, Oct 2003
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Laos, Opium poppy Survey’, UNODC, Sep 2003
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Myanmar Opium Survey’, UNODC, Sep 2003
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Afghanistan, Opium poppy survey’, UNODC, Oct 2002
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Myanmar Opium Survey’, UNODC, Sep 2003
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Analysis of Boundary pixels at satellite images’, World Statistics Congress Finland, Aug 1997
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Monitoring the change in land cover and urbanization’, Master Thesis, Sep 1995
  • Demirbuken H, ‘Estimation of Crop Areas by using remote sensing’, World Statistics Congress China, Aug 1995

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