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Tegegnework Gettu heads the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Africa Bureau in addition to serving as Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Assistant Secretary-General of the UN. Gettu has been in his current position since February 2009.
His diverse career spans UNDP, academia, government and the private sector.
Gettu served as Chief of Staff and Director of UNDP’s Executive Office (2006-2009). From 2003 until 2006 he was the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria. Prior to 2003, Mr. Gettu was the Country Director for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean countries and Acting Resident Representative in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
During his academic career, he was a fellow to Columbia University; Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the University of Rochester in New York, Hunter College and Addis Ababa University. He has also worked in Ethiopia’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and the private sector.
[6 December] East Africa’s prospects look better than ever, thanks to recent discoveries of offshore gas in Tanzania and oil in Kenya. The potential exists to be one of the world’s fastest growing regions, but only if policymakers can drive through reforms.
Attendance of the African Economic Conference
[11 November] Photos of the African Economic Conference in Kigali
African leaders, academics to debate economic transformation and empowerment at African Economic Conference 2012
[25 October] Hundreds of leaders and scholars from Africa and around the world will gather in Kigali, Rwanda, from October 30 to November 2 to debate the continent’s prospects for sustainable and inclusive growth in the context of the international economic crisis.
Director of UNDP Africa at governance forum in Gaborone
[16 October] Advancing Democracy and Development aimed at expanding people’s capabilities and choices will enable people to progressively lead long, healthy, and creative lives.
Reuters: Africa's growth may rise to 7 pct a year by 2015
[7 August] Africa's growth could rise to 7 percent by the year 2015 Driven by a rush of investors attracted by its drive to improve its infrastructure, the head of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) in Africa said.
Interview on the Sahel
[22 June] Food insecurity, drought, conflict and governance issues converge to plunge millions into a serious humanitarian and development crisis in the Sahel.
[8 June] UNDP Africa Bureau head Tegegnework Gettu delivers a strong message on food security in the first ever Africa Human Development Report.
How can Africa achieve food security?
[15 May] Sub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain its present economic resurgence unless it eliminates the hunger that affects nearly a quarter of its people, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) argues in the newly released Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future.
Head of UNDP Africa on Rio+20
[15 March] Tegegnework Gettu attended a finance ministers' summit held jointly by the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa.