The Global Initiative Network

GI-TOC Staff Member, GIN Member

Ugljesa (Ugi) Zvekic

Ambassador, Senior Advisor, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

  • Ambassador, Head, Permanent Observer Office of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) to United Nations (Vienna)
  • Ambassador, Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN and other international organization in Geneva
  • Senior Advisor, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Executive Director, Regional  Master in Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (MA ROLAC) for South East Europe (ROLACC-Geneva/EPLO-Athens/in support of UNODC-Vienna)
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Government, LUISS, Rome, Italy; Law School, University Rome III, Rome, Italy; Visiting Professor, Law School, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Member of the Assessment Advisory Board of the Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award (Vienna/Doha/Geneva)

Born on 2 August 1950 in Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), Ambassador Zvekic holds a law degree (LL.B), MA and PhD in sociology/law. He was the country representative in the UN-sponsored World Youth Forum (USA, 1969) and Fulbright Scholar (1973-75). Recipient of the 2017 Transparency Award by the European Public Law Organization (EPLO).

Former positions
  • Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN in Geneva;
  • President of the General Assemblies of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) , 2011 – 2013
  • Chair of the Commission and the Executive Committee/ Bureau of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), 2011 – 2013
  • Member of the Foundation Councils of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Chief, Strategic Planning Unit, UNODC, Vienna, Austria;
  • Deputy Representative/ OIC, United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Southern Africa, Pretoria, South Africa;
  • Deputy Director/ OIC, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Rome, Italy;
  • Member of the UN High-level Programme Coordination Committee;
  • Scientific Counsellor, Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade, Serbia; Honorary Professor, University of Hull, UK; External Ph.D Examiner, University of Cape Town, South Africa;
  • Founder of the Legal Anti-Corruption Clinique, University of Belgrade, Serbia;
  • Founder of the South East European Academic Anti-Corruption Network;


Over 15 authored and/or edited books and over 100 articles in scientific journals.

Main topical areas:

  • Multilateral diplomacy
  • Global anti-corruption (teaching and policy advice)
  • Transnational organized crime, criminal justice and security reform
  • Geopolitics and political tension management
  • Strategic planning, results-based programme management

--:-- | --:--