Mr. Sergei Kambalov Ph.D. Executive Coordinator of the secretariat of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
eGovernment: Challenged - Panel Discussion
About Mr. Sergei Kambalov Ph.D.
Mr. Sergei Kambalov was appointed Executive Coordinator of the secretariat of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development effective 8 February 2010. He succeeded Mr. Sarbuland Khan who has retired after many years of distinguished service.
Sergei has extensive experience in the area of multi-stakeholder cooperation in ICT for development. As deputy to Sarbuland Khan, he was actively involved in conceptual and organizational preparation and launch of both the United Nations ICT Task Force and GAID. He served as Deputy Executive Coordinator of the secretariats of ICT Task Force (2002-2005) and GAID (2006-?). In 2003-2005, he was the focal point for WSIS in the United Nations Secretariat.
Sergei joined the United Nations in 1989 as a member of the author team of the World Economic and Social Survey. In 1997-2009 he worked in the Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs where in 2005-2009 he was Chief of ECOSOC and Inter-organizational Cooperation Branch.
Prior to joining the UN in 1989, he was a First Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, and before that he worked in academic research on international economic relations. He has several academic publications, including a book on economic sanctions as a tool of foreign policy.
Born in Riga, he grew up in Novosibirsk. He has graduated magna cum laude from the Department of Economics of the Moscow State University and has a PhD in International Economics from the Diplomatic Academy, Moscow.
Sergei is a patented inventor. He and his wife live in Connecticut. They have four children and four grandchildren.