DESA News Vol. 11, No. 11 November 2007

Comings and goings


Mr. Jomo Kwame SundaramMr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, has been awarded the 2007 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, by Tufts University. Mr. Jomo K.S. has been honoured for his contribution to development economics, together with economist Stephen De Canio, who was recognized for his work on climate change. The award ceremony took place on 17 October at Tufts University and featured a lecture by Mr. Jomo and Mr. De Canio on climate change, economic development, and global equity.

“With the world’s attention increasingly focused on the urgent challenges of climate change and global inequality, we want to recognize two individuals whose contributions have helped supply the theoretical framework and empirical understanding to tackle these global problems”, said the Co-director of Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute.

The Leontief Prize, named after the Nobel-prize winning economist Wassily Leontief, recognizes economists whose work, like that of Leontief himself, combines theoretical and empirical research that can promote a more comprehensive understanding of social and environmental processes.


The following staff members were promoted in October:

Mr. Matthias Bruckner, Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development

Ms. Shehnaz Daruwala, Social Affairs Officer, Division for Social Policy and Development

Ms. Aida Diawara, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division

Ms. Janaki Murthy, Programme Assistant, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women

Ms. Kebebush Welkema, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division

Ms. Jing Zhang, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division


The following staff members retired in October:

Ms. Claudine Fercovich, Human Resources Assistant, Technical Cooperation Management Services

Ms. Jadwiga Gierycz, Chief of Section, Division for the Advancement of Women