Taffere Tesfachew

Director, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes at UNCTAD

Mr. Taffere Tesfachew was appointed as Director, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in October 2011.

Mr. Tesfachew previously held the position as Chief of the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from September 2005, as well as heading the organization's Strategy and Policy Coordination Unit and serving as its Spokesperson.

Prior to that role Mr. Tesfachew headed UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Review Section, in which capacity he worked on five national policy reviews, leading field missions, presenting reports and raising and managing funds. His prior position was as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD, providing policy and political clearance, drafting statements, preparing technical policy papers and delivering substantive support to the intergovernmental process. He has also worked for the International Labour Office as a researcher and teaching fellow.

Mr. Tesfachew holds an MPhil and a DPhil in development economics from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom.  He has published on a wide range of topics, including investment and enterprise development, technology transfer, innovation, industrial policy, and terms of trade.