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Khalid Tinasti

Executive Secretary, Global Commission on Drug Policy

Khalid Tinasti is the Executive Secretary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. He also serves as a Visiting Fellow at the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva. Before joining the Global Commission’s Secretariat as a Policy Analyst in 2013, 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 conducted his postdoctoral research at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland). He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Program Advisory Panel of the Robert Carr Fund, an Honorary Research Associate at Swansea University, 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 –ACCEPTED–
  • Tinasti K (2020) The neo-patrimonial ‘use’ of drugs in electoral processes. International Development Policy –ACCEPTED–
  • Gallop G, Tinasti K (2020) Drogen- oder Politikproblem? Pragmatische Wege zur Beendigung der Prohibition. rausch – Wiener Zeitschrift für Suchttherapie –ACCEPTED–
  • 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
  • Tinasti K, Ravishankar S, Zuniga JM (2016) Discrimination, HIV among people who use drugs and the UNGASS 2016 on the world drug problem. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
  • Tinasti K, Audoin B, Jomier B, Delfraissy JF, Lévy Y, Barré-Sinoussi F (2016) Cities central to HIV response for people who use drugs. The Lancet HIV
  • Al-Shazly F, Tinasti K (2016) Incarceration or mandatory treatment: Drug Use and the Law in MENA. International Journal of Drug Policy
  • Tinasti K (2016) L’impact négligé des politiques antidrogues : réflexions sur ses conséquences en matière de santé publique. Émulations
  • Tinasti K, Bém P, Grover A, Kazatchkine M, Dreifuss R (2015) SDGs will not be achieved without drug policy reform. The Lancet
  • Tinasti K (2015) Are cannabis laws used for political repression in the Arab Spring countries? Addiction
  • Rehbinder B, Tinasti K (2015) Central challenges for Central Asia: addressing migrants’ health in 2016. Public Health Action
  • Tinasti K (2015) Morocco’s policy choices to achieve Universal health coverage. Pan African Medical Journal
  • Tinasti K, Crocket A, Steber-Büchli D (2015) Adding a dedicated public health approach to the international drug control regime. Journal of Public Health Policy
  • Fordham A, Tinasti K (2014) UNGASS 2016 on drugs, the first challenge for HIV advocates in the post-2015 era. Journal of the International AIDS Society