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KHOR Martin, Executive Director

Khor 1Mr. Martin Khor of Malaysia is the Executive Director of the South Centre. He joined the South Centre as its Executive Director on 1 March 2009. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Third World Network (TWN), a leading developing-country civil society organization involved in research and publications in trade, environment and development issues. He was also the Editor of the South-North Development Monitor (SUNS).  He is a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy.

Previously, he served as a member of the Board of the South Centre (1996-2002), the  Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy, the International Task Force on Climate Change (2003-2005), the Commonwealth Expert Group on Democracy and Development (2002-2003), the United Nations Secretary-General’s Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements in the United Nations System (1998), and the intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on the Right to Development under the UN Commission on Human Rights (as Vice-Chairman in 1996 and as a member in 1997).

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AKYÜZ Yilmaz, Chief Economist

yilmaz-akyuzDr Yılmaz Akyüz was the Chief Economist and the Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) when he retired in August 2003. He was the principal author and head of the team preparing the Trade and Development Report, and UNCTAD coordinator of research support to developing countries (the Group-of-24) in the IMF and the World Bank on International Monetary and Financial Issues. He directed research on various aspects of trade, finance, investment and development and represented UNCTAD at various international meetings including the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee of the Bretton Woods Institutions. He taught at various universities in Turkey and Europe before joining UNCTAD in 1984 and after his retirement, and published extensively in macroeconomics, finance, growth and development. He is the second holder of the Tun Ismail Ali International Chair in Monetary and Financial Economics at the University of Malaya, established by Bank Negara. He is now Chief Economist of the South Centre, an Intergovernmental Think Tank of the Developing Countries, based in Geneva. e-mail: yilmaz.akyuz@bluewin.ch.

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CORREA Carlos, Special Advisor in Trade and Intellectual Property

carlos2Prof. Carlos Maria Correa, a renowned international authority on intellectual property and technology issues,  has joined the South Centre as its Special Advisor on Trade and Intellectual Property.

He has been Director of  the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Industrial Property  and Economics and of the Post-graduate Course on Intellectual Property at the Law Faculty, University of Buenos Aires. He has been a visiting professor in post-graduate courses of several universities and consultant to UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNDP, WHO, FAO, IDB, INTAL, World Bank, SELA, ECLA, and other regional and international organizations.

He has advised several governments on intellectual property and innovation policy. He was a member of the UK Commission on Intellectual Property, of the Commission on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Public Health established by the World Health Assembly and of the FAO Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture. He is also the author of several books and numerous articles.

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LI Yuefen, Special Advisor, Economics and Development Finance

YueFen LiDr. Yuefen LI is the Special Advisor on Economics and Development Finance at the South Centre.  Previously she worked in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 1990 to 2014, and was Head of Debt and Development Finance Branch (Deputy Director-General level), senior economic affairs officer as well as Manager of UNCTAD Project on Promoting Responsible Sovereign Lending and Borrowing, the Project on Sovereign Debt Workout Mechanism and the project on globalization. She is also a guest professor of Tsinghua University, and two other universities in China. Earlier she taught economics and other related courses at the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing, China. She has university and post graduate degrees from universities in China and the United States including American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), London School of Economics and Beijing Foreign Studies University.  She has published books, papers and articles in professional journals and newspapers, and contributed extensively to UNCTAD publications and documents. She has lectured widely on issues related to development strategies, debt and development finance.

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MOHAMADIEH Kinda, Researcher, Global Governance for Development Programme

Kinda pic 2010Ms. Kinda Mohamadieh is a Researcher of the Global Governance for Development Programme of the South Centre, where she works on investment agreements and transnational corporations (TNCS) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. She previously worked as Policy Advisor at the Arab NGO Network for Development, located in Beirut, where she followed issues pertaining to development and economic policies in the Arab region for over seven years. Ms. Mohamadieh holds an LL.M. in International and European Economic Law and a master degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Public Affairs, with a focus on international development and non-profit management, and an undergraduate degree in economics.

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MONTES  F. Manuel, Senior Advisor, Finance and Development

manuel_montes-tnManuel F. Montes was previously Chief of Development Strategies, UN-DESA, where he led the team that produced the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) in 2011. Before that, he was Chief of Policy Analysis and Development in the UN’s Financing for Development Office; and Programme Officer for International Economic Policy at the Ford Foundation in New York. He has held teaching and research posts at the East-West Centre, University of The Philippines, Institute for Developing Economies, UNU/WIDER, and Institute for Southeast Asian Studies. His recent publications have been in areas of macroeconomic policy, development strategy, income inequality, climate change financing and industrial policy. He holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.

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VELÁSQUEZ Germán, Special Advisor, Health and Development

valasquez2Dr. Germán Velásquez, a well-known international pioneer in the area of health, intellectual property and access to medicines, has joined the South Centre as its Special Advisor for Health and Development.

Until May 2010, he was World Health Organisation’s Director on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, at the Director General’s Office in Geneva.  He represented WHO at the WTO’s TRIPS Council from 2001 to 2010.

Germán Velásquez is the author or co-author of numerous publications on health economics and medicines, health insurance schemes, globalization, international trade agreements, intellectual property and access to medicines.

He graduated from Javeriana University, Bogotá with a degree in Philosophy and Humanities, then obtained a Master’s in Economics and a PhD in Health Economics from the Sorbonne University, Paris. In 2010 he received a PHD Honoris Causa on Public Health from the University of Caldas, Colombia.

Dr. Germán Velásquez’s recent posts