Kandeh Yumkella

Kandeh Yumkella
  • UN Special Representative, Sustainable Energy for All, United Nations, New York
  • Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations, Vienna

BSc in General Agriculture, Njala University College, Sierra Leone; MSc in Agricultural Economics, Cornell University; PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois. Formerly: 1994-95, Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises of Sierra Leone; in different high-level policy positions, including as Special Adviser to two previous Directors-General and as Representative and Director, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Regional Office, Nigeria; 2005-13, Director-General, UNIDO. Currently: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General; Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). Responsible for the planning and implementation of the initiative as well as engaging with the leadership of relevant stakeholders in government, businesses, academia and civil society at the highest level to advocate for and promote sustainable energy for all.