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Supachai Panitchpakdi

Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, whose first four-year term as Secretary-General of UNCTAD began on 1 September 2005, was appointed to a second term by the General Assembly in July 2009. His second term will run from 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2013. He previously served as Director-General of the World Trade Organization and as Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce. As Deputy Prime Minister, he was in charge of the country’s economic and trade policy-making, signing the Uruguay Round Agreement in 1994 and contributing to the formulation of regional agreements. Dr. Supachai received his Master’s in Econometrics, Development Planning and his Ph.D. in Economic Planning and Development from Erasmus University in Rotterdam.