Mr. Marc Bichler (Luxembourg) joined UNCDF as the Executive Secretary on November 1st, 2012.
Mr. Bichler has been serving until recently as Director for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg and had accreditation as Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal, with residence in Luxembourg. Prior to this, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations in New York (2000-2005); and Deputy Director for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs (1995-2000). He began his diplomatic career as Chargé de mission and Secrétaire de Légation, European Affairs (1990-1995). He has served in a variety of capacities dealing with Microfinance issues including inter alia as Chair of the Luxembourg Round Table on Microfinance; Chair of the UN Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors; and Chair of the European Microfinance Platform. He holds a Maîtrise en droit des affaires from the University of Paris, Sorbonne.
In this capacity, Marc Bilcher provides organizational leadership and management, supports the overall goals of UNCDF and sets UNCDF’s strategic direction. He directs and leads UNCDF in implementing decisions and resolutions adopted by the Executive Board, ECOSOC and the General Assembly as they relate to UNCDF.
UNCDF's Executive Secretary is supported by UNCDF’s Management Team.