Kandeh Yumkella of Sierra Leone makes list of influential Africans
The New African Magazine (December 2012 Edition) has produced the list of “100 MOST INFLUENTIAL AFRICANS.” Making this exclusive list from the continent’s fifty-four (54) countries are citizens of thirty (30) with Nigeria and South Africa leading the pack.
Kandeh Yumkella of Sierra Leone, is among those considered as “the movers and shakers on the continent, people with an increasing global influence, those whose actions and words can move markets and sway decisions.”
Yumkella who occupies dual roles as Director General of the Vienna-based UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Special Representative of UN Secretary General (SRSG) for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) is only doing what he loves; putting his passion for serving others at the service of the greater global community.
At the helm of UNIDO for the last seven years, a position he will soon relinquish after two four year terms,” he has raised the issues in the world’s major forums of the impact of industrial pollution, green energy and industry, and technology transfer, and how they impact the developing world.”
In tackling yet another monumental challenge, bringing energy access to the world’s poorest including 580 million of his African family without electricity, Yumkella has chosen to pursue a task where no one has gone before and where there is no path to follow.
Instead, in leading this path-breaking initiative, he will create one for himself and leave a trail for others to follow. Don’t doubt him; he has not only excelled in everything he does, he always beats his own expectations.
His inclusion into the list of “Influential Africans” underscores the words of former Senegalese president, Abdoulaye Wade, who has described him “as a true son of the continent who never misses an opportunity to promote and address Africa’s problems. You really live Africa, you live it daily with its problems.” Yumkella does just that each and every day around the globe.
Grab a copy of the December 2012 Issue of the New African Magazine for your home library to read more about Dr. Yumkella and the other Africans shaping our continent.
Published with kind permission of The New African Magazine
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