DESA News Vol. 11, No. 9 September 2007

Comings and goings


Mr. Richard Kozul-WrightMr. Richard Kozul-Wright was appointed Chief of the Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit of the Development Policy and Analysis Division on 8 August. Mr. Kozul-Wright joined DESA in 1991 to work on the World Economic and Social Survey and in 1993 moved to UNCTAD where he was a contributor to the World Investment Report, the Trade and Development Report, and the Economic Development in Africa Report. He has published articles on a broad range of issues related to economic development and economic history in various academic journals. His most recent book, of which he is a co-author, is entitled The Resistible Rise of Market Fundamentalism. Mr. Kozul-Wright holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cambridge University.

The following staff member was also promoted in August:

Ms. Su Thwe Thant-Rivas, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division


Mr. Kui-Nang MakMr. Kui-Nang Mak Chief of the Energy and Transport Branch in the Division for Sustainable Development, retired on 31 August after 32 years with the United Nations. Among his many achievements, Mr. Mak formulated and implemented technical cooperation projects in fossil fuel development, power sector reform and renewable energy commercialization in developing countries. He also undertook many studies on global energy trends and issues including those related to sustainable development. Mr. Mak coordinated the preparation of the ninth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in 2001, and was a member of the secretariat for the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002. Mr. Mak holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a professional degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University.

Mr. Yehia Abu-AlamMr. Yehia Abu-Alam Adviser on Electric Power Systems and Information Systems, retired on 31 August after 23 years with the organization. Mr. Abu-Alam began his UN career in Cairo in 1984 where he was the national director of various UN projects on electricity and energy data banks, specializing in computer applications for the electric power sector. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Abu-Alam spent almost 20 years working as a systems analyst and project control manager for the Egyptian Electricity Authority. Mr. Abu-Alam holds a Master of Science in power system analysis from the University of Cairo, and a Ph.D. in the dynamics of power systems from the University of Ain Shams in Egypt.

The following staff members also retired in August:

Ms. Chan Rita Fong Lin Chung, Administrative Assistant, Division for Social Policy and Development.

Ms. Maria Pacchioni, Secretary, Statistics Division