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Khalid Tinasti

Director, Global Commission on Drug Policy

Khalid Tinasti is the Director of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. He also serves as a Visiting Fellow at the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva (since 2018) and at the David F. Musto Center on Drug Policy Studies at the University of Shanghai (2020-21).

Before joining the Global Commission’s Secretariat in 2013 as a Policy Analyst then as its Executive Secretary, he worked as an independent consultant for UNAIDS, WHO, the Graduate Institute and others. Prior to that, Khalid worked as a Press and Communications Officer in the office of the Minister of Urban Cohesion in France, and as an Administrative Officer in Gabon. Khalid holds a PhD in political science from the Institut Catholique de Paris, and held research fellowships at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2015-16, Switzerland) and Swansea University (2016-20, UK).

He is currently the Chair of the Program Advisory Panel of the Robert Carr Fund, an Expert in the Network of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, and pledged to be an International Gender Champion to support gender equality in drug policy. He is the author of scientific papers and policy research reports with a focus on public policies, democracy and the role of elections, and international drug control mechanisms.


Ramos-Horta J, Tinasti K (2020) The World Drug Policy Problem, Interview with José Ramos-Horta. International Development Policy

Tinasti K (2020) The neo-patrimonial ‘use’ of drugs in electoral processes. International Development Policy

Tinasti K, Buxton J, Chinery-Hesse M (2020) Are Barriers to Sustainable Development Endogenous to Drug Control Policies? International Development Policy

Tinasti K (2020) International drug control governance: Is a joint UN programme on drugs relevant? International Journal of Drug Policy

Snapp Z, Tinasti K, Herrera J (2019) Regulation of illegal drugs: state control and fragile institutional capacity. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development

Tinasti K, Kronig-Romero N, Goulão J, Stoltenberg C, Kazatchkine M, Clark H (2019) International drug control system: the need for guiding principles for public health. The Lancet

Tinasti K (2019) Towards the End of the Global War on Drugs. Brown Journal of World Affairs

Tinasti K (2018) HIV and AIDS among adolescents who use drugs: opportunities for drug policy reform within the sustainable development agenda. Journal of the International AIDS Society

Barbosa I, Versfeld A, Tinasti K, Terlikbayeva A (2017) Addressing deprivation of liberty, human mobility and tuberculosis in 2018. Public Health Action

Tinasti K, Barbosa I (2017) The influence of Global Players on the drug control system: an analysis of the role of the Russian Federation. Drugs and Alcohol Today

Tinasti K, Fordham A, Bewley-Taylor DR (2017) WHO and UNDP change in leadership: what views on drug policy and harm reduction? Drug Science, Policy and Law