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Kandeh K. Yumkella (born July 5, 1959) is the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

In 1994-1995, he was the Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises of Sierra Leonemarker.

Between 1987 and 1996, he held various academic positions at Michigan State Universitymarker and the University of Illinois, where he received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1991.

In December 2005, Yumkella was appointed as Director-General of UNIDO, and in June 2009 he was recommended for a second term in office.

He is also the Chairman of the UN-Energy, a United Nations system coordination body dealing with energy-related issues. He has worked in different high-level policy positions in UNIDO, including as Special Adviser to two previous Directors-General and as Representative and Director of the first UNIDO Regional Office in Nigeriamarker [751027].

Yumkella is a prominent public speaker, who addresses global issues, including poverty reduction, climate change [751028], the Millennium Development Goals, as well those related to Africa [751029] and the developing world [751030] in general, green industry and renewable energy.

Dr. Yumkella's opinion pieces have appeared in major international newspapers, including The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune [751031], and The Guardian.

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