Meet UNIDO's Director General Li Yong

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: February 22, 2019; 08:00 ♦ (Vindobona)

Li Yong (李勇), born in 1951, is a senior economic and financial policymaker from the People’s Republic of China. He is the current Director General of UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization, based in Vienna, Austria. Previously he served as Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China.

UNIDO's Director General Li Yong / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres [CC BY 2.0 (]

Li was born in Jining, Shandong Province, to Han parents.

He joined the Communist Party of China in 1973.

Li received a master's degree in economics following his graduation from the Research Institute for Fiscal Science of the Ministry of Finance in 1973.

From 1985 to 1988 he served as first and second secretary to the United Nations Mission from China, and…