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Global Commodities Forum: Opening Ceremony and Keynote Session
Friday, 15 July
10:00-13:00, KICC Amphitheatre room



Acharya Gyan Chandra

Gyan Chandra Acharya

UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

​Amb. Gyan Chandra Acharya, a national of Nepal, was appointed to the position of UN Under- Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) in 2012. Mr. Acharya has the responsibilities of monitoring and following the implementation of the dedicated programs of action, IPOA for the LDCs, VPOA for the LLDCs and SAMOA Pathway for the SIDS. He is also called on to analyse and advocate for the issues and concerns of these vulnerable countries and ensure their integration into and coherence with global processes, including those related to the SDGs and the Post- 2015 Development Agenda at the United Nations. He also coordinates the advocacy work related to the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS in forums and platforms outside the United Nations.

Agah Yonov Frederick

Yonov Frederick Agah

Deputy Director-General

​Yonov Frederick Agah was appointed as Nigeria's Ambassador to the WTO in 2005. In that capacity, he served as the Alternate Chief Negotiator for the Doha Round and Head of Nigeria's Trade Office to the WTO in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva. The Trade Office is responsible for Nigeria's participation in Geneva-based trade-related international organizations, particularly the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the International Trade Centre and the WTO.

also participating in:

Kalibata Agnes

Agnes Kalibata

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

​Dr. Kalibata leads AGRA’s efforts in securing the participation of the public and private partners towards Africa’s agricultural revolution through empowering millions of smallholder farmers. Dr. Kalibata is a former Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda and currently sits on various boards including the International Fertilizer Development Corporation, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, the Africa Risk Capacity, and the Global Agenda Council of the WEF. She is a distinguished agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader and holds a PhD Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Maharaj Deodat

Deodat Maharaj

Deputy Secretary-General for Economic and Social Division

​Deodat Maharaj advises and reports to the Secretary-General on economic affairs, trade and debt, social development, and public sector governance. He also oversees the management of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation. Mr. Maharaj was formerly Chief, Division for Afghanistan, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. During his career he has served as Chief of Staff in the UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Head of the Secretariat on the Ministerial Council for Social Development with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

also participating in:

Ndikumana Leonce

Leonce Ndikumana

Professor of Economics
University of Massachusetts, Amherstthe United States of America

​Léonce Ndikumana is Professor of economics and Director of the African Development Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy and the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation. He is co-editor of Capital Flight from Africa: Causes, Effects and Policy Issues and co-author of Africa’s Odious Debt: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent. He graduated from the University of Burundi and earned his Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.