(Xinhua) -- Mukhisa Kituyi of Kenya
has been confirmed as Secretary-General of the United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for a further four
years beginning Sept. 1.
The 61-year-old Kituyi served
for an initial four-year term as UNCTAD’s seventh
Secretary-General, the conference wrote in a statement on
He has an extensive background as an elected official, an
academic, coupled with wide-ranging experience in trade
negotiations, and in African and broader international economics
Before joining UNCTAD, Kituyi was chief executive of the
Kenya Institute of Governance and a fellow of the Brookings
Institution in Washington, D.C., on their African Growth
Kituyi was a member of a team of experts advising the East
African Community Presidents on the challenges, opportunities
and possible road map to deeper regional integration from 2008
He was also a consultant to the Africa Union Commission,
where he helped develop the architecture and road map for a
Pan-African Free Trade Area (2008-2012).
Kituyi served for 15 years as Kenya’s minister for trade and
industry and from 2002 to 2007 he was a member of Kenyan
The UNCTAD secretary-general obtained a Bachelor of Arts in
political science and international relations from Makerere
University in Kampala, Uganda, graduating with honours.
He also has a PhD in social anthropology, a Master of
Philosophy in development studies and a Diploma in Science,
Comparative Production Systems, all from the University of
Bergen in Norway.