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Dr. phil. Kandeh K. YUMKELLA Chair, High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, United Nations Organization, New York


1982-1986 Marketing Officer, Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board (leave of absence for M.Sc. degree 1983-1986)
1987-1989 Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois
1989-1991 Assistant to the Dean, College of Agriculture, University of Illinois
1991-1996 Assistant Professor and Lecturer, Michigan State University, (leave of absence 1994-1995)
1994-1995 Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises, Republic of Sierra Leone
1996 Special Adviser to the Director-General of UNIDO
1996-2000 Director, Africa and LDCs Regional Bureau, UNIDO
2000-2003 UNIDO Representative and Director, Regional Industrial Development Centre, Nigeria
2003-2005 Special Adviser to the Director-General, UNIDO
since 2005 Director-General of UNIDO; re-elected December 2009


Member, World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Climate Change, 2010
Member, China International Council on Cooperation for Environment and Development (CICCED), Chaired by the Vice Premier of China, 2010
Member, Advisory Group of the International Peace Institute, Vienna Branch, 2011
Member, Advisory Group on the Human Development index, 2012
Member of the European Resource Efficiency (ERE) Platform, 2012


United Nations Association (UNA-USA) Global Leadership Award for 2012 for the leadership he has provided to strengthen the United Nations, to be conferred in New York in October, 2012
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the Njala University, Njala, Sierra Leone in March, 2011
Award of "Honorary Professor" by the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 2012
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria in recognition of his contribution to global industrial development and poverty alleviation in the world, 2012