United Nations Secretary-General High-Level Panel on the Technology Bank for LDCs

Press Releases     Feasibility Study for a UN Technology Bank for the LDCs

On 26 November 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the establishment of a High-Level Panel to study the scope and functions of a proposed Technology Bank dedicated to assisting the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) advance out of poverty.  The Secretary-General advised  panel members to  “prepare practical recommendations on this important matter, which can provide a strong impetus to accelerating structural transformation and sustainable development of the LDCs.”

The High-Level Panel – which is to advise on the organizational and operational aspects of the planned Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism – will be chaired by Rwanda’s Romain Murenzi, currently Executive Director of the World Academy of Sciences in Trieste, Italy, and includes representatives from LDCs and their development partners.

Other panel members include, Mohamed Hassan of Sudan, Bruce Lehman of the United States, Tebello Nyokong of South Africa, Dorte Olesen of Denmark, Posh Raj Pandey of Nepal, Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis of Haiti, Firdausi Qadri of Bangladesh, Fang Xin of China, Hakan Karatas of Turkey, and the UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Gyan Chandra Acharya.

Prof. Roman Murenzi

Prof. Roman Murenzi, Executive Director, TWAS; and Chair of the High-Level Panel

Gyan Chandra Acharya

Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, High-Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (OHRLLS)

Dr. Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis

Dr. Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis, President, Fondation Connaissance et Liberté and former Prime Minister of Haiti

Prof. Mohamed H.A. Hassan

Prof. Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Co-Chair of Inter-academy Cooperation (IAP)


Mr. Hakan Karatas, Director, International Cooperation at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)

Prof. Tebello Nyokong

Prof. Tebello Nyokong, Director, the Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC)

Hon. Bruce Lehman

Hon. Bruce Lehman, Chair, International Intellectual Property Institute

Prof. Dorte Olesen

Prof. Dorte Olesen, President, Danish Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Posh Raj Pandey

Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Executive Chairman, South Asia Watch on Trade Economics and Environment (SAWTEE)

Dr. Firdausi Qadri

Dr. Firdausi Qadri,Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR).

Dr. Fang Xin

Dr. Fang Xin, Member of the Presidium of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)