Dr Abdalla is the deputy executive secretary of the economic commission for africa and has worked as a policy analyst and economist for over twenty five years, addressing development challenges in africa at the national, sub-regional and continent-wide levels. over the years he has developed an interest in policy-oriented research and analysis, focusing on issues of governance, institutional analysis, public sector reforms, regional integration and resource management. prior to his appointment as deputy executive secretary, dr. hamdok was director, governance and public administration division, uneca (2009 – 2011). director, nepad and regional integration division, united nations economic commission for africa (uneca) 2008 – 2009 and served as regional director for africa and the middle east, international idea (2003- 2008).from 2001 to 2003 he worked as a senior governance expert/coordinator of the united nations economic commission for africa (eca) of the africa governance project and as acting director of the eca development policy management division. from 1997 to 2001 he worked as principal policy economist, central operation department, african development bank, abidjan, cote d’ivoire and played a lead role in the development of the african development bank policy on good governance.
During 1995 to 1997 he was chief technical advisor, international labour organization/southern africa multidisciplinary advisory team (ilo/samat), and undp, harare, zimbabwe. he provided technical assistance on poverty measurement and mapping and assisted in the design of projects and programs that address issues of poverty alleviation.
He also participated as a technical advisor in the preparation and development of the first regional human development report for sadc. from 1993 to 1995, he was principal consultant, head of public sector group (psg) and a member of the management committee of deloitte & touche management consultants, zimbabwe. from 1981 – 1987 he served as a senior official with the government of sudan (ministry of finance and economic planning). abdalla hamdok holds a phd and ma (econ) in economics from the school of economic studies, university of manchester, uk and a bsc. (honours) from the university of khartoum, sudan and has authored many publications on african development challenges, including governance and other related issues.