Mr. Curtis Raynold is the former Secretary of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and an international affairs consultant with a focus on international development and international security issues. Prior to his retirement from the United Nations in 2016, he was a Political Affairs Officer in the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. He joined the UN in June 1985 and worked for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria until July 2004. Following the negotiated cease-fire between NATO and Yugoslavia and the subsequent adoption of Resolution 1244 by the UN Security Council, Mr. Raynold was posted to the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in October 1999.

During his two and a half-year assignment in Kosovo as Municipal Administrator of the Municipality of Novo Brdo in north-eastern Kosovo, Mr. Raynold played a key role in the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999) which mandated the U.N. Secretary-General to establish an interim civilian administration in the war-ravaged province. He distinguished himself there by establishing, in Novo Brdo, the first multi-ethnic municipal assembly in Kosovo thus facilitating the U.N.’s mandate to ensure progressively substantial autonomy for the province. Mr. Raynold has also served on UN peace-keeping missions in Namibia, South Africa, Liberia and the Central African Republic.

Prior to his international engagement, Mr. Raynold worked for the Government of St. Lucia in the Ministry of Finance from 1979 to 1981 followed by the Diplomatic Service from 1981 to 1985.

Mr. Raynold earned a Master’s degree in Government from Harvard University, graduating there with distinction. He received a B.A. in Economics and Law from the University of the West Indies (UWI) as well as a post-graduate diploma in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Relations at UWI.

Curtis J. Raynold

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