Yumkella Awarded Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa)

ADO EKITI, March 31, 2012 – For leading various initiatives and promoting increased international cooperation in the field of sustainable industrial development, trade capacity building, UN-business partnerships, renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation around the world, UNIDO Director General, Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella has received numerous awards around the world.

Today, at Ekiti State University in Nigeria, the Sierra Leonean born Yumkella was awarded the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree in recognition of his leadership and outstanding service to the global community.

Mr. Yumkella is also the recipient of the following awards and recognition:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) conferred to him by TERI University, New Delhi in October 2011, in recognition of his achievements and contributions to society.
  • Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) awarded to him by President Ernest Bai Koroma in his capacity as chancellor of Njala University in Sierra Leone on March 12, 2011 for his “exceptional record of service to human development throughout the world.”
  • Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) awarded in September 2008 at the 150th Year Special Convocation and Valedictory Function at University of Madras, India.
  • 2008 Champion of Youth Award at the 4th World Youth Congress, held in Quebec City, Canada.
  • The 2008 Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
  • The “Prix De la Fondation” of the Crans Montana Forum in June 2006 for his global leadership and work in development and was presented by Prince Albert of Monaco the award of the Monaco.
  • The Honorary Distinguished Visiting Professorship by the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade in March 2006, China.

He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois (1991) and a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University (1986) in the USA and B.Sc. Division One (Cum Laude) in General Agriculture from Njala University College (1982).

Dr. Yumkella with two other recipients, Vice President of Ghana Dr John Dramani Mahamand and Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Tekena Nitonye Tamuna.