Mirella Dummar Frahi is the Civil Society Team leader of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). She holds a Master’s degree of Political Science from the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), where she graduated presenting a thesis on the Islamic perspective of the international rule of war. In 1989, after one year in the private sector, she joined the United Nations, starting with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and followed by the United Nations drug control programme (UNDCP). From 1998 to 2002, she worked in Pakistan -- covering Afghanistan as Programme Coordinator for the NGO “Society for the Preservation of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage (SPACH)” and served two years with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In June 2002, she returned to Vienna to take up new functions in the Spokesperson office of UNODC.