Philippe Scholtès is Managing Director of the Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation at UNIDO. He oversees in that capacity the technical assistance programme of UNIDO—a portfolio of over 800 projects for a total value of 1.4 billion dollars, delivered by 1800 staff and project personnel at UNIDO HQs in Vienna and in a hundred developing and emerging countries. The Directorate promotes through technical assistance UNIDO’s mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID). Prior to his role of Managing Director, Mr Scholtès was Director of UNIDO’s Agribusiness Development Department; he also served as UNIDO Representative in Vietnam and Regional Director for South Asia in New Delhi, India. Mr Scholtès, a Belgian national, holds an MSc degree in engineering (major electro‐mechanics) and an MSc degree in economics (major mathematical economics).