Head of the Border Security and Management Unit, United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism- United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNOCT-UNCCT)
Mr. Rocco Messina is the Head of the Border Security and Management Unit at the United Nations Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT) which is the capacity building branch of the United Nation Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Messina served as Head of the Border Management Section at the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), from 2011 to 2017, leading a capacity-building portfolio on Haitian national border policy. His leadership was instrumental to the creation of the Haitian Technical Border Commission, the Customs Police, as well as a specialized branch of the Haitian National Police in charge of securing the land borders. Mr. Messina started his professional career in 1990 after a two-year military police academy training with the Counter-terrorism Branch of the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Italian Military Police). During his 25-year long career he was deployed to several strategic missions, at both national and international levels, focusing mainly on counter-terrorism issues. Between September 2006 and May 2007, Mr. Messina was deployed in Herat Afghanistan with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Mission as Training Programme Officer, where he developed a training programme for the Afghan Border Police. He also served as a trainer during the same period. Mr. Messina holds a master’s degree in literature and a bachelor’s degree in international law, both from Italian Universities and he speaks fluently in English, Spanish and French.