Mr. Joshua Phoho Setipa assumed the role of Managing Director for The Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries in November 2018. He overseas the vision, strategy and activities of this new UN institution and is a passionate advocate for improving access to science, technology and innovation in the world’s least developed countries.
With over 20 years’ experience in senior roles on international trade, economic policy, investment strategy and economic development at the national, regional and multilateral levels, Mr. Setipa has a wealth of experience and knowledge on issues affecting least developed countries.
Mr. Setipa comes to The Technology Bank from The World Bank where he has been leading strategic engagements with West Africa.
He has extensive experience formulating and implementing national and regional development projects in Sub Sahara Africa. From 2015 – 2017 Mr. Setipa was the Minister of Trade and Industry for the Government of Lesotho, spearheading the adoption of national industrial policy. Prior to this he worked as Chief Executive Officer for the Lesotho National Development Corporation.
Mr. Setipa was Senior Advisor to the Director General of the World Trade Organization for over six years where he was a member of the Executive Management Team.
He holds a Master of Business Administration and International Finance from the University of Bradford, UK a Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Trade from The Australian National University, Canberra and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science from the National University of Lesotho.