Dr. Abdalla Hamdok
Dr. Abdalla Hamdok was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the Ag. Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) from 2016 - 2018. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief Economist of the ECA since 2011. With over 30 years’ experience in the areas of public sector reforms, governance, regional integration and resource management.
Dr. Hamdok has headed major portfolios, addressing diverse development challenges of the African policy landscape. From 2003-2008, he served the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) as its Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East.
His earlier career saw him move progressively into key senior positions in the Public and Private Sector. He held the positions of Chief Technical Advisor (1995-1997) at the International Labour Organization, Zimbabwe; Principal Policy Economist (1997-2001) at the African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire; Head of the Public Sector Group and Member of the management committee (1993-1995) at Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants, Zimbabwe; and Senior Official (1981-1987) at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Sudan.
Dr. Abdalla Hamdok is from Sudan and he holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the School of Economic Studies, University of Manchester, UK and a BSc. (honours) from the University of Khartoum, Sudan.