Alex Mejia

Programme Director, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Mr. Alex Mejia was appointed as Senior Manager of UNITAR’s Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP) in October 2012 after serving three years as Director of UNITAR’s Hiroshima Office in Japan and after working four years as the Director of UNITAR’s CIFAL training centre in Atlanta. In his current capacity as DCP Senior Manager, he leads the CIFAL Global Network and is responsible for several other programmes within DCP, including the PHPO office in Nigeria, the ITCCO center in Belgium and the Human Mobility Programme managed out of New York.

Mr. Mejia is a citizen of Ecuador and his career spans two decades in private and public organizations. After obtaining his first Master’s degree in 1992, he worked in corporate banking in Latin America for six years until 1998 when he joined the foreign service of his country as a diplomat appointed as a Counsellor at the Ecuadorian Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2001, he became Vice Minister of Economy for the Republic of Ecuador. During this period, he also served as Alternate Governor to the International Monetary Fund, to the World Bank, to the Inter-American Development Bank, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Ecuador’s Central Bank. From 2003 until 2005 he worked in Washington, DC as the director of the Inter-American Council’s Andean Program, an entity chartered by the Organization of American States.

Mr. Mejia holds a Master's degree in Foreign Affairs from Georgetown University in Washington DC, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from INCAE University in Costa Rica. He also holds a Diploma in Political Leadership from Harvard University.