Alexander Ilitchev

Senior Officer, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations Secretariat

A career diplomat, with the United Nations Secretariat since 1992. Current responsibilities - as a Team Leader for Northeast Asia - cover peace and security issues related to Northeast Asia, as well as the ASEAN Regional Forum.  Accompanied the Secretary-General on his trips to the region. Was the principal advisor to the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Korean Peninsula in 2003-2005.

Prior to joining the United Nations, served continuously in the Russian Foreign Ministry from 1974-1992 with the assignments in New York (Alternate Representative of Russia to the Security Council and Senior Political Counsellor of the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations from 1990-1992); Moscow (Personal Assistant to the Soviet Foreign Minister (1986-90); Moscow (global and regional security issues at the U.S.A. Department of the Foreign Ministry from 1985-86); Washington (USSR Embassy from 1979-1985), Moscow (U.S.A. Department of the Foreign Ministry (1978-1979), as well as in Syria (from 1974-77).

Received an MA in International Relations and an MA in Journalism from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations in June 1974.
Born in Russia, in 1952.  Married with two sons.  In addition to native Russian, speaks English, Arabic and French.