Governance

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. 

Funding

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 the UN Member States and other stakeholders, including the private sector and foundations.

Managing Director

Mr. Joshua SetipaMr. 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.

Council Members

The UN Technology Bank is governed by a 13-member Council appointed by the Secretary General. Council Members meet annually to evaluate work carried out by the UN Technology Bank and to approve the budget for the next year.

Prof. Aggrey Ambali

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.

Dr. Bitrina Diyamett

Bitrina Diyamett, Executive Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO)Dr. Bitrina Diyamett is an Executive Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO), 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 & innovation indicators, and linking knowledge to policy.

Prof. Mohamed H.A. Hassan

Mohamed H.A. Hassan, President TWASProf. 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).

H.E. Ms. Reem Al Mansoori

H.E. Reem Al MansooriH.E. Ms. 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.

Dr. Alfred Watkins

Alfred Watkins, Chairman of the Global Solutions SummitsDr. 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.

Mr. Abdoulaye Yero Baldé

Mr. 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.

Prof. Xiaolan Fu

Xiaolan Fu, Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development, Oxford UniversityProf. Xiaolan Fu is Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development, and Professor of Technology and International Development at the Oxford University. Her research has focused on innovation, technology and industrialization, trade, foreign direct investment and economic development, emerging Asian economies, innovation & productivity in UK/US.

Prof. Hasan Mandal

Prof. Hasan MandalProf. Hasan Mandal is a Turkish national and currently serves as the President of TUBITAK. He also served as the Executive Board and the Deputy Chairman of YÖK until 2018 and as Deputy Rector of Sabancı University. Prof. Mandal was appointed as a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policies Council in 2018. In 2019, he was elected as the board member of the Council of Higher Education.

Dr. Rosibel Ochoa

Dr. Rosibel OchoaDr. 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.

Ms. Sonia Bashir Kabir

Sonia Bashir Kabir, Founder, Chairman & CEO of SBK Tech VenturesMs. 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.

Prof. Zakri Abdul Hamid

Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of MalaysiaProf. 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).

Mr. Stefano Manservisi

Mr. Stefano ManservisiMr. Stefano Manservisi is a 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. 

Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing StatesMs. 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.