Riikka Puttonen holds a PhD in law and is trained as a judge in her home country Finland. She joined UNODC in 1999, initially in South-East Asia, and has worked to counter various forms of organized crime, notably participation in an organized criminal group in general and trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants – and more recently falsified medical products and crimes affecting the environment.
Riikka currently works in the Organized Crime Branch of UNODC as the programme manager of the global programme on implementation of the Organized Crime Convention. She is the secretary of the Working Group of Government Experts on Technical Assistance to implement the Organized Crime Convention and the Protocols thereto.
Riikka lead the preparation of various UNODC publications such as the updated Legislative Guide on Implementation of the Organized Crime Convention, model laws against organized crime, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, Guide on drafting legislation to combat wildlife crime and the Guide on combating falsified medical products-related crime: good legislative practices. On behalf of UNODC, she also coordinated the drafting of numerous training tools to combat various forms of organized crime. She thoroughly enjoys delivering training. Her future interests include technical assistance to enhance the impact of the newly established review mechanism to the Organized Crime Convention as well as the negotiations of the UN cybercrime convention.