Getachew Engida spoke in an interview Thursday about his work as deputy director general of the large U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, his views on the growth and development of societies around the world and his career path that lead him to UNESCO.
“I wanted to do things that go beyond the financial and other profit goals,” Getachew said, “to explore causes that are not necessarily for profit-making but are good for the betterment of the society." He spoke with Alula Kebede, host of Cultural Mosaic
The deputy director previously served for six years as comptroller of the Paris-based agency with oversight of a half-billion dollar annual budget. He has also served as finance director for the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya; as assistant comptroller of the U.N.’s International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome; as corporate finance manager at Thomson-Reuters in London and Nairobi; and an auditor for Ernst & Young in London.
But it is at UNESCO that Getachew realized his personal and career goals.
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