Dr. Hamdani has been involved in multilateral cooperation for four decades. He was a permanent staff of the United Nations, where he held a variety of posts in New York and Geneva. He was director of the division on investment, technology and enterprise development. Before joining the UN, he was a researcher at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics from 1975 to 1978.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Hamdani created the United Nations program on investment policy reviews, which was declared a “valuable mechanism” by the G-8 Heads of State Summit in 2007. He has provided policy advice and training to investment officials in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. He has prepared many UN reports, in the areas of foreign investment, transfer of technology and trade; human resources; population and environment. He has published journal articles and co-edited a book on The New Globalism and Developing Countries.
Dr. Hamdani is a frequent speaker at conferences. He frequently gets queries on why the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations, of which he was a staff, was abolished. His book, prepared with inputs from former colleagues, answers that query. "The Centre is no more, but the policy issues on corporate conduct are still with us. This is not history but current affairs," he tells his audience. "Perhaps one of you will contribute to a global consensus."