Director General of UNIDO

Li Yong

On June 24, 2013, Li Yong was elected by UNIDO’s Industrial Development Board to succeed Kandeh Yumkella as Director General of UNIDO.

Mr. Li has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policy-maker. He was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies, and in supporting sound economic growth in China. Li Yong gave great importance to innovative programs in favor of agricultural development and SMEs, considering them as the cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He also played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.

June 2013 ‑ now Director General of UNIDO
2003 ‑ 2013 Vice-Minister, Ministry of Finance (MOF), People’s Republic of China
2002 ‑ 2003 Assistant Minister, MOF
1999 ‑ 2002 Secretary General, Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants
1996 ‑ 1998 Executive Director for China, World Bank Group
1992 ‑ 1996 Deputy Director General and then Director General, World Bank Department, MOF
1990 ‑ 1992 Senior Advisor to Executive Director for China, World Bank Group
1989 ‑ 1990 Director, World Bank Department, MOF
1985 ‑ 1989 Second Secretary and then First Secretary, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations
1984 Deputy Director, Foreign Fiscal Research Office, Research Institute for Fiscal Science, MOF