Bios Speakers Webinar on April 21

Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The UNODC Crime Congress
The Kyoto Declaration: Next Steps for Civil Society & Faith-Based Organizations
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – 10:00 AM EST (New York Time)


Dr. Michael Platzer

· Co-chair, Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations
· Liaison Officer, Academic Council on the UN
· Chair, Vienna NGO Alliance for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
· Served 34 years in the UN Secretariat in various capacities
· Office of the Secretary General, human rights, technical cooperation, HABITAT, UNDP, peacekeeping, and the Office on Drugs and Crime

Dr. Thomas G. Walsh

· Co-chair, Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations
· Chairman, Universal Peace Federation
· Chair, Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation and the World Peace Road Foundation
· Executive Editor, Dialogue and Alliance
· Member, Board of Trustees, University of Bridgeport
· Serves on the International Council of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO)
· Chancellor, Unification Theological Seminary


Jean-Luc Lemahieu

· Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), UNODC
· Regional Representative for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries, (2011-13)
· Special Advisor to the UN Special Representative Afghanistan and Representative of Country Office (2009-13)
· Chief Section Asia and Europe (2006-08)

H.E. Takeshi Hikihara

· Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna (September 2019)
· Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Lao PDR (October 2015)
· Ambassador, Director-General, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, MOFA (July 2014)
· Numerous diplomatic posts in USA, Russia, and Korea
· B.A. in Law, University of Tokyo (March 1982)


Lucie Léonard

· Director, Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics, Department of Justice of Canada
· Works as a criminologist for academic and governmental organizations in the field of justice, prevention and urban safety.
· She contributes to the development of approaches and practices as they impact on crime and victimization.


Dr. Anna Alvazzi del Frate

· Chair, Alliance of NGOs for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
· Director of Programs, Small Arms Survey (2016-19)
· Spent more than twenty years working for UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) in Vienna
· Previously served at UNICRI (UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute), Italy and Angola

Ian Tennant

· Fund Manager & Vienna Multilateral Representative, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the wider diplomatic and civil society community in Vienna. · Currently Vice Chair of the NGO Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. · Before joining GI-TOC, Mr. Tennant spent five years at the UK’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Vienna, where he led UK engagement with the UNODC.
· MA in British Politics, and a BA in French and Hispanic Studies.


Prof. Irvin Waller 

Professor emeritus, University of Ottawa
· Author, “Science and Secrets of Ending Violent Crime,” “Smarter Crime Control: A guide to a safer future for citizens, communities and politicians,” and “Less Law, More Order: The Truth about Reducing Crime.”
· Waller has worked on national commissions in the USA, Canada and South Africa (for the Mandela government), and he has advised governments and attorneys general in more than 50 countries on how to prevent violence and respect victim rights.
· He developed the Safer Cities program with UN Habitat, advised on UN crime reduction guidelines and collaborates with the World Health Organization.
· Master’s degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Law from Cambridge University.
· Past President of the International Organization for Victim Assistance, based in Portland, Oregon, USA.

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