Kamran Kousari

Kamran Kousari (1947) is special coordinator for Africa at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He was officer-in-charge of the Debt and Development Finance Branch of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies from 2001 to 2003.

At UNCTAD, he has served in various capacities including as chef de cabinet of the late Kenneth Dadzie of Ghana, secretary-general of UNCTAD from 1986 to 1992. He was also chief, policy coordination and external relations, a position he held until 1996, when he was appointed special coordinator for Africa.

In 1997, he was called upon by the secretary general of the United Nations to join the team headed by Maurice Strong, special advisor of the secretary-general on UN reform, to advise on the reform of the Economic and Social Sectors of the United Nations.

He has published in various journals and contributed numerous opinion pieces to the international press on African development issues.