DEPUTY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR CENTRAL ASIA
On 14 November 2016, Mr. Philipp Saprykin was appointed as a Deputy Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. He started his diplomatic carrier at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in 1993 and was several times posted abroad, namely in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (1995-1996), Geneva, Switzerland (1996-2000). In between he occupied several positions in the Legal Department and Department for International Organizations in the Russian Foreign Ministry.
From 2002 till 2009 he worked in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Council of the Baltic Sea States, as a Senior Adviser and a Deputy Director-General, dealing with issues of Economic, Energy and Transport cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. From 2010 till 2011 he served as a Deputy Director for the International Cooperation in the Russian Ministry of Justice. In 2011-2013, 2015-2016, he was assigned as a Head of Unit in the Department for New Threats and Challenges of the Russian Foreign Ministry. In 2013-2015, he occupied a position in the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as a Head of the Programme Office and a Senior Coordinator of the CARICC Project.
He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations – MGIMO (University), and holds a PhD in International Law (Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Mr. Philipp Saprykin was born in 1967 in Moscow, Russia. He speaks English and French. Mr. Saprykin has two children.