Executive Secretary, United Nations Econoomic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Dr Abdalla Hamdok was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the acting executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), effective 1 November 2016. Dr Hamdok takes the reins following the departure of Dr Carlos Lopes of Guinea-Bissau on 31 October.
With over 30 years of experience in the areas of public sector reforms, governance, regional integration and resource management, Dr Hamdok has headed major portfolios, addressing diverse development challenges of the African policy landscape. Dr Hamdok has served as deputy executive secretary and chief economist of the ECA since 2011 prior to which, he successfully headed ECA’s portfolios of activities on development policy management, NEPAD and regional integration, and governance and public administration.
From 2003-2008, he served the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) as its regional director for Africa and the Middle East. His earlier career saw him move progressively into key senior positions in the public and private sector. He held the positions of chief technical advisor (1995-1997) at the International Labour Organization, Zimbabwe; principal policy economist (1997-2001) at the African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire; head of the public sector group and member of the management committee (1993-1995) at Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants, Zimbabwe; and senior official (1981-1987) at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Sudan.
Dr Abdalla Hamdok is from Sudan and he holds a PhD and MA in economics from the School of Economic Studies, University of Manchester, UK and a BSc (honours) from the University of Khartoum, Sudan.