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Saturday, 14 May 2011

UNIDO appoints Sierra Leonean as Representative to Nigeria and Regional Director

VIENNA, 13 May 2011 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN's specialized agency that promotes and accelerates sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition, has appointed Patrick Kormawa of Sierra Leone as Representative to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Regional Director.

UNIDO with Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, has four Regional Offices in Africa - in Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa) The Regional Office in Nigeria covers West Africa.

Dr. Patrick Kormawa is an economist with over 20 years of professional experience in development policy, agribusiness and industrial development. Prior to his appointment as the UNIDO Representative and Director, Regional Office, Abuja, Nigeria, he served in various senior positions at the UNIDO Headquarters. He was the Head of the Agribusiness Development Unit, and prior to that the Head of the International Financial Institutions Partnerships Unit and Senior Adviser to the Director-General.

Before joining UNIDO, Kormawa worked in various senior research and development leadership positions in international agricultural research centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. He was a senior economist and coordinator, Rural Sector Enhancement Program at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria; Assistant Director of Research and Program Leader, West Africa Rice Development Association.

Patrick Kormawa graduated from Njala University College in 1984 and proceeded to Germany for postgraduate studies. He holds a PhD from the University of Hohenheim, an Msc degree from the University of Giessen, Germany, and has also been trained at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, in Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development.

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