The UN Technology Bank is governed by a 13-member Council comprised of independent experts in science, technology and innovation and development cooperation, appointed by the Secretary-General. Council Members serve in their individual professional capacities for three-year terms. They meet annually to evaluate work carried out by the organization and to approve the budget for the next year. The UN Technology Bank reports annually to the General Assembly. Click here to view the Governing Council Documents.
The resources of the UN Technology Bank are kept in a trust fund and are subject to audit by the United Nations Board of Auditors. Funding is solely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States and other stakeholders, including the private sector and foundations.
Managing Director: Mr. Joshua Phoho Setipa
Mr. Joshua Phoho Setipa assumed the role of Managing Director for The Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries in November 2018. He overseas the vision, strategy and activities of this new UN institution and is a passionate advocate for improving access to science, technology and innovation in the world’s least developed countries.
With over 20 years’ experience in senior roles on international trade, economic policy, investment strategy and economic development at the national, regional and multilateral levels, Mr. Setipa has a wealth of experience and knowledge on issues affecting least developed countries.
Mr. Setipa comes to The Technology Bank from The World Bank where he has been leading strategic engagements with West Africa.
He has extensive experience formulating and implementing national and regional development projects in Sub Sahara Africa. From 2015 – 2017 Mr. Setipa was the Minister of Trade and Industry for the Government of Lesotho, spearheading the adoption of national industrial policy. Prior to this he worked as Chief Executive Officer for the Lesotho National Development Corporation.
Mr. Setipa was Senior Advisor to the Director General of the World Trade Organization for over six years where he was a member of the Executive Management Team.
He holds a Master of Business Administration and International Finance from the University of Bradford, UK a Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Trade from The Australian National University, Canberra and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science from the National University of Lesotho.
Aggrey Ambali, Head of STI Hub, NEPAD
Prof. Aggrey Ambali is currently serving as Head of Science, Technology and Innovation Hub (NSTIH) at the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Agency, where he oversees development and implementation of programs in education, health, and science and technology.
Abdoulaye Yero Baldé, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Guinea
Abdoulaye Yero Baldé is the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Guinea. Mr. Baldé has an extensive professional experience spanning over twenty years in government, academia, international organization and private sector.
Sonia Bashir Kabir, Founder, Chairman & CEO of SBK Tech Ventures
Ms. Kabir Sonia is currently the Founder, Chairman & CEO of SBK Tech Ventures. Sonia is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of SBK Foundation - her “Not for profit” entity which believes in empowering rural communities with Technology.
Bitrina Diyamett, Executive Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO)
Dr. Bitrina Diyamett is a researcher and a consultant in science, technology and innovation policy. Her major interest and areas of expertise include: national systems of innovation; sectoral systems of innovation; development of innovative clusters; foreign direct investments and local technological capabilities; science, technology and innovation indicators; and linking knowledge to policy.
Xiaolan Fu, Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development, Oxford University
Prof. Xiaolan Fu is Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development, and Professor of Technology and International Development. Her research has focused on innovation, technology and industrialization; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in UK/US.
Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Professor Zakri has been Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia since 2010. His other concurrent roles include: Joint Chairman, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Chairman, Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BIOTECHCORP).
Mohamed H.A. Hassan, President of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)
Prof. Mohamed H. A. Hassan is President of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), former Chairman of the Council of the United Nations University (UNU) and President of the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences (SNAS).
Prof. Hasan MANDAL
Prof. Hasan MANDAL is a Turkish national and currently serves as the President of TUBITAK. Prof. Mandal also serves as a member of YÖK (Council of Higher Education) on March 25, 2015. He was elected to the Executive Board of YÖK on April 1, 2015 and as the Deputy Chairman of YÖK on July 21, 2016. Prof. Hasan Mandal served in these positions until January 12, 2018 and as Deputy Rector of Sabancı University from January 12 to February 22, 2018. Prof. MANDAL was appointed as a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policies Council on October 8, 2018 and he has assumed the duty of acting president on November 1, 2018. He was elected as the board member of the Council of Higher Education on April 27,2019.
Stefano Manservisi is former Director-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) at the European Commission. An Italian national, he previously served as Head of the Private Office of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commission Vice-President. In 2014, he was the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey. Before that, he held different positions at the Commission, including as Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs, and Director-General for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean, and Pacific States.
H.E. Reem Al Mansoori
H.E. Reem Al Mansoori is the Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development of Ministry at the Transport and Communications, where she is leading the delivery of TASMU, Qatar’s Smart Country platform. With expertise that spans over more than two decades of experience in digital transformation in Qatar’s government, H.E. Al Mansoori is spearheading some of the largest initiatives and programs that continue to make a substantial impact on Qatar’s technological advancements and capacity building.
Rosibel Ochoa, Associate Vice Chancellor Technology Partnerships, University of California Riverside
Dr. Rosibel Ochoa is the Associate Vice Chancellor Technology Partnerships, University of California Riverside as of June 1, 2016. She is the inventor of two issued patents and the author of more than 18 scientific publications.
Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
Fekitamoela ‘Utoikamanu, a Tongan national, took up her appointment as the United Nations High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States in May 2017. Prior to taking up her position with the United Nations, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Tourism in Tonga.
Alfred Watkins, Chairman of the Global Solutions Summits
Dr. Alfred Watkins is currently the chairman of the Global Solutions Summit, Senior Advisor to the Global Technology Deployment Initiative, and Senior Director of the P80 Group Foundation. Alfred worked for more than 23 years at the World Bank and served for more than six years as the World Bank's Science and Technology Program Coordinator.