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The Director a.i.


Ms. Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas is the new Director a.i. of UNICRI. Ms. Bartsiotas brings to the Institute a wealth of senior-level experience in the management of complex international organizations, with emphasis on strategic planning, programme design, budgeting and finance. Throughout her career she has held leadership positions in various international organizations covering normative, development, humanitarian, and peace and security matters.

At the time of her appointment as Director a.i. UNICRI, Ms. Bartsiotas was Assistant Secretary-General, Controller of the United Nations Secretariat. In that role, she provided high level policy guidance on budgetary and financial issues, overseeing the development and implementation of the UN regular and peacekeeping budgets, ensuring the accuracy of the organization’s financial statements, and the effective delivery of payments, payroll and treasury functions. She was responsible for presenting and deliberating with Members States on UN matters with programmatic, budgetary and financial implications.

From 1994 to 2014, Ms. Bartsiotas held various senior management positions at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna (Austria), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York. Previously she held positions in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Washington, D.C. Ms. Bartsiotas has helped define the strategy and direction of the International Public-Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and was involved in the planning and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, as well as bringing management improvements to the organizations she served.

Ms. Bartsiotas holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and investments from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business administration from the American University in Washington, D.C. She is a dual national of Uruguay and the United States.

Ms. Bartsiotas states: "UNICRI has a reputation of being successful in pioneering new ways to address crime prevention, justice and development related issues, and engaging partners and communities in these important areas. I look forward to providing managerial leadership and guidance to UNICRI in advancing its impact and effectiveness as well as working together with our partners in addressing future challenges and providing effective and sustainable responses to traditional and emerging threats.”