Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of UNCTAD

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of Kenya has been con­firmed as sec­re­tary gen­eral of the United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on Trade and Devel­op­ment (UNCTAD) for a se­cond term of four years be­gin­ning Septem­ber 1.

Ki­tuyi, 61, has an ex­ten­sive back­ground as an elected of­fi­cial and aca­demic, cou­pled with wide-rang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in trade ne­go­ti­a­tions, in­ter­na­tional eco­nomics and diplo­macy. Be­fore join­ing UNCTAD, Ki­tuyi was chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kenya In­sti­tute of Gov­er­nance and a fel­low of the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., on its Africa Growth Ini­tia­tive.

From 2008 to 2012, Ki­tuyi was a mem­ber of a team of ex­perts ad­vis­ing the pres­i­dents of the na­tions of the East African Com­mu­nity on how to es­tab­lish more ef­fec­tive re­gional eco­nomic links. From 2011 to 2012, he was a con­sul­tant for the African Union Com­mis­sion, where he helped de­velop the struc­ture for a pan-african free trade area.

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