LI Yong

Director General

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policy-maker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, Mr. LI was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies, and in supporting sound economic growth in China. He pushed forward financial sector reform, and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. Mr. LI gave great importance to fiscal and financial measures in favor of agricultural development and SMEs, the cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.


June 2013 Director General of UNIDO

2003-2013 Vice-Minister, Ministry of Finance (MOF), People’s Republic of China

2002-2003 Assistant Minister, MOF

1999-2002 Secretary General, Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants

1996-1998 Executive Director for China, World Bank Group

1992-1996 Deputy Director General and then Director General, World Bank Department, MOF

1990-1992 Senior Advisor to Executive Director for China, World Bank Group

1989-1990 Director, World Bank Department, MOF

1985-1989 Second Secretary and then First Secretary, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations

1984 Deputy Director, Foreign Fiscal Research Office, Research Institute for Fiscal Science, MOF