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 About the Director


aldc_Paul_Akiwumi_300x225.jpgPaul Akiwumi

Mr. Akiwumi, a national of Ghana, joined UNCTAD in February 2017.

Mr. Akiwumi brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in the areas of political, diplomatic and development policy at the national, regional and global levels with governments, the private sector and civil society.

Before being appointed as Director of ALDC he served as Director, of the Economic, Social and Development Affairs Unit in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN).

He and his team were responsible for advising the UN Secretary-General in the development pillar and supporting the activities of the UN's development-related departments and funds and programmes, fostering policy integration and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Istanbul Programme for Action, the Technology Bank for LDC's and the New Urban Agenda.

Prior to this role Mr. Akiwumi held the position of Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations where he played a critical role in strengthening the development pillar in the Office of the Secretary General.

Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Akiwumi served as Senior Advisor to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the GEF Council, in Washington D.C. During this tenure, he played a lead role in the creation of the Green Climate Fund.

Earlier in his career Mr. Akiwumi served with the United Nations Environment Programme, where he held the position of Chief of Staff developing institutional policy, managing the action plans and conventions related to SIDS, Eastern and Western Africa, as well as the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. He also worked for the Food and Agriculture Organisation, working on rural development projects, and the Economic Commission for Africa natural resources division.

During his time in the Executive Office of the Secretary General Mr. Akiwumi focused extensively on multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development, science policy interface, managing intergovernmental processes and negotiations and interagency cooperation and coordination.

Mr. Akiwumi holds a Master's Degree from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He is married and has two children.




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