Who's who in #globaldev: September 2017 appointments

Zurab Pololikashvili, new secretary general of the U.N. World Tourism Organization. Photo by: WTO / CC BY-NC-ND

In this month's executive appointments, a contentious election, a new high-level advisory board to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, and the departure of a long-standing CEO from an international nonprofit.

UN World Tourism Organization

Zurab Pololikashvili is the new secretary-general of the U.N. World Tourism Organization. He succeeds Taleb Rifai, who held the position since October 2009.

Pololikashvili’s election to the position, however, was deeply contentious, with allegations of bribery and misconduct. At the 22nd UN WTO General Assembly held early September in Chengdu, China, Devex reported about the tensions in the room as one of the candidates for the position, Zimbabwe’s Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi, questioned the nature of his election, and seconded Gambian Tourism Minister Amat AK Bah’s request for a ballot vote in settling the Georgian ambassador’s confirmation.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.