The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
Xiaolan Fu reappointed to Council of UN Technology Bank
Congratulations to Professor Xiaolan Fu, who has been reappointed to the Council of the United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries.
On Professor Fu’s reappointment, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres commended her guidance and oversight of the successful operationalisation and work of the UN Technology Bank over the last three years.
The UN Technology Bank became operational in 2018. It actively engages with national, regional and international partners to deliver its programme and projects, which strengthen science, technology and innovation capacity in least developed countries. It supports national and regional technological efforts, reinforces partnerships across sectors and helps nations identify and use appropriate technologies to transform their economies and improve livelihoods.
The operationalisation of the UN Technology Bank marked the achievement of the first SDG target - target 17.8.
Professor Fu was first appointed to the Council in 2016. New and reappointed members were announced on 16 January.
Joshua Setipa, the Bank’s Managing Director, said: “The Council is central to the governance of the UN Technology Bank and we rely on the rich personal experience of the Council Members to guide and advise us as we support science, technology and innovation in the world’s least developed countries.”
Professor Fu, who is Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development and Professor of Technology and International Development at ODID, is one of 13 Council members.