Jayantilal Karia was President of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) from 2015 to 2022, and a Board member since 2012. He previously served as the Secretary-General's representative to the Board from 2009 to 2011.
Since joining the United Nations in 1972, he has served in various managerial positions at the United Nations in financial, administrative and technological fields. He retired from the UN in 2011 as Deputy Controller and worked as Director of Administration and Management at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) from 2011 to 2015.
Mr. Karia continues to serve in various committees, providing policy guidance and advice on strengthening financial management, accountability, and risk mitigation. He currently chairs the UNESCO Oversight Advisory Committee (OAC) and the UNICEF Audit Advisory Committee (AAC) since 2019 and 2020, respectively. He was also a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee (IEOAC) from 2017 to 2020; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Independent Audit and Evaluation Advisory Committee (IAEAC) from 2011 to 2017 and the Programme Oversight Committee of International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) from 2011 to 2020.
He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from Long Island University, New York.