Our Team

Xavier Michon, Deputy Executive Secretary

With over two decades of experience in the United Nations, he brings in-depth knowledge of UN programme and operations both at Headquarters and in the field.

Before his present appointment, he served as UNDP Country Director in Burundi (2012-2014) and Guatemala (2007-2011), Deputy UNDP Resident Representative in Peru (2004-2006), Programme Advisor in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (2000-2003), Regional Programme Officer in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Eastern Europe and the CIS (1997-1999), and Project Management Officer for the Africa Section of UNOPS (1994-1995). He also previously served in the investment-banking sector in Spain and the French Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic.

He holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a Maîtrise in Business Management from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (ISG). He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Our Team

Judith Karl, Executive Secretary

Ms. Karl is the Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund. She started her career in the private sector as a Management Consultant

Xavier Michon, Deputy Executive Secretary

With over 2 decades of experience in the UN, brings in-depth knowledge of programme and operations at HQ and in the field.

Henri Dommel, Director, Inclusive Finance

Henri Dommel, a French national, joined UNCDF as Director of Financial Inclusion in 2007.

David Jackson, Director, Local Development Finance

David Jackson, a British national, has over 30 years of experience in Local Development.

Nazim Khizar, Head, Management Support

Nazim Khizar joined UNCDF in 2015, with over 20 years of experience in business advisory & management in the UN and private sector.

Esther Pan Sloane, Head, Partnerships, Policy and Communications

Esther Pan Sloane, a US national, joined UNCDF as the Head of the Partnerships, Policy and Communications in 2016.

Mathieu Soglonou, Regional Coordinator, WCA

Mathieu Soglonou is an experienced practitioner on project management, local development, organizational and business management.

Abdalmughni Nofal, Regional Coordinator, SEA

Abdalmughni joined UNCDF after 30 years of work on democratic and good governance and municipal development.

Andrew Fyfe, Head, Evaluation

Andrew Fyfe joined the Evaluation Unit in 2010, after working for the EC at both HQ and in a Delegation in Central Asia.

Anders Berlin, Senior Adviser

Anders Berlin was previously the Head of Unit for Loans and Guarantees at Sida, and managed a portfolio of about 50 projects around the world.

Samuel Choritz, Policy Adviser

Prior to his appointment, Sam was the Senior Policy Adviser to the UN Resident Coordinator in Ethiopia and Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office.

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