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Murat Yildiz

Research Consultant, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Murat Yildiz is a Programme Manager and an expert in crime prevention, criminal justice, and security sector reform. His professional experience encompasses senior positions within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Mr. Yildiz worked as a Political Affairs Officer and Research, Development and Training Adviser in the organization’s Vienna headquarters and a Deputy Director at the OSCE Mission in Skopje, North Macedonia. He assisted criminal justice institutions and relevant ministries in their reform initiatives and provided expert advice for countries in South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He worked with the OSCE Secretary-General and Permanent Delegations in drafting OSCE’s First Ministerial Council Decision on “Engagement with Afghanistan” after which, he designed and implemented several technical assistance projects in Central Asia and other regions for Afghanistan. He worked as a consultant at the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, where he developed a “Core Course Curriculum on Succesful Investigation, Prosecution, and Adjudication of Terrorism Cases”. Recently he has joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as a Research Consultant. Currently, he has been working on research projects related to the illicit trade of Afghan opiates.

Mr. Yildiz has a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Educational Sciences. He currently works on his Ph.D. dissertation in Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Vienna.