|Published : 21 Sep 2016, 20:36:02 | Updated : 21 Sep 2016, 20:42:27|
Ma named UNCTAD special adviser on trade
Alibaba Group's Executive Chairman Jack Ma has been named Special Adviser to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business, says a press release.
Ma, a Chinese entrepreneur who in 1999 founded Alibaba Group – the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world –, is also a United Nations Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.
He currently serves on the board of SoftBank Corp., one of Alibaba’s major shareholders and a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The release, issued on Tuesday, said that Ma, in his new role as UNCTAD Special Adviser, will champion initiatives to make it easier for young entrepreneurs and small businesses, particularly in developing countries, to participate in global trade, as well as raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
"Mr. Ma is an influential and respected pioneer of the internet era, innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist," UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said.
"He brings a visionary approach to entrepreneurship, a thirst for learning, and a belief in a better world that make him a perfect match for UNCTAD, Kituyi said, adding “Together we will be able to reach out to communities that feel left behind in today’s global landscape with a message of hope and self-empowerment."