Carlos Lopes

Lopes Carlos

Carlos Lopes is the eighth Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), at the level of UN Under Secretary-General, appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2012. Dr. Lopes previously served as Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva and as Director of the UN System Staff College in Turin at the level of Assistant Secretary-General from March 2007 to August 2012. In 1988, he joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a development economist. He has actively contributed to research on development issues and is specialized in development and strategic planning. Dr. Lopes holds a PhD in history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a research master from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, as well as an Honorary PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Cândido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.