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Department for General Assembly and Conference Management

Tegegnework Gettu
for General Assembly and Conference Management

The Secretary-General appointed Tegegnework Gettu of Ethiopia as Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management.

Mr. Tegegnework Gettu has had a diverse career including with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), academia, and in the government and private sectors.  He has served UNDP in various capacities, including as an Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Africa Bureau, Chief of Staff to the UNDP Administrator, Resident Coordinator, Division Head and Senior Economist.

As an Assistant Secretary-General from 2009 to May 2013, he provided overall leadership and shaping of strategic thinking for UNDP’s engagement in the region including monitoring overall corporate strategic direction.  As Chief of Staff of the UNDP Administrator and Director of the UNDP Executive Office from 2006 to 2009, Mr. Gettu performed strategic functions at the core of UNDP’s global operations.

Mr. Gettu served as UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria from 2003 to 2006, as Acting Resident Representative in Sierra Leone and Liberia from 1997 to 1999, and also as Country Director for Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries and Indian Ocean countries in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA).  He also carried out the duties of Senior Programme Manager and Deputy Director for the Structural Adjustment Advisory Team for Africa stationed in Zimbabwe and as a Senior Economist covering eastern and southern Africa from 1989 to 1997.

Mr. Gettu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1952.  Prior to joining the United Nations system, Mr. Gettu was a fellow at Columbia University, Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the University of Rochester, at Hunter College (both in New York), and at Addis Ababa University (in Ethiopia).  He has also worked in the Ethiopian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and the private sector.  He holds a Ph.D as well as Masters’ degrees in Politics and Economics from Columbia University and a BA in Development Administration from Addis Ababa University.  Mr. Gettu and his wife, Tseday, have two sons, Minas and Ezenas.


Last Update: 18 March 2015 / Mingxia Xu