Kormawa joined the UN System in 2007 as Senior Adviser to the Director-General and Coordinator of the International Financial Institutions Partnerships Unit, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and in 2011 he became Head of the Agribusiness Unit at UNIDO headquarters, Vienna, Austria.
From 2011 to April 2015, he served as UNIDO Representative to Nigeria, to the Economic Commission for West African States and as Director, Regional Office.
Mr Kormawa holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone; an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology from Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany; and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. He was also trained at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA, in Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development.
Kormawa has held senior leadership positions in international agricultural research institutions. He has notably served as Economist and Coordinator, Rural Sector Enhancement Programme at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria (1999-2004); Principal Policy Economist and Coordinator of the West Africa Rice Economics Task Force at the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) (2004-2005); and then Assistant Director of Research at WARDA (2005-2007).