Dr. Carlos LOPES
Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Dr. Carlos Lopes was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the eighth Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, at the level of UN Under Secretary-General, in September 2012. Dr. Lopes previously served as Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva and Director of the UN System Staff College in Turin at the level of Assistant Secretary-General from March 2007 to August 2012.
Dr. Lopes was appointed UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Director for Political Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General during the period 2005 to 2007.
Dr. Lopes has actively contributed to research on development issues. Specialized in development and strategic planning, he has authored or edited 22 books and taught at Universities and academic institutions in Lisbon, Coimbra, Zurich, Uppsala, Mexico, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He is affiliated with a number of academic networks, and has helped establish various NGOs and centers for social research, in particular in Africa. He currently serves as Member of Governing Boards or advisory and editorial committees of about a dozen institutions including Kofi Annan Foundation, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning, Bonn International Center for Conversion, ISCTE Lisbon University Institute, Instituto Ethos, Geneva IHEID, and journals such as Géopolitique Africaine, African Sociological Review, and African Identities.