On 1 August 2014, Ms. Judith Karl joined UNCDF as Executive Secretary. Ms. Karl, a US national, brings to UNCDF over 25 years of multilateral experience in international cooperation, development and poverty reduction.
Ms. Karl has served as Director of the Operations Support Group in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Office since 2009. Prior to this, she served as Chief, Central Strategy and Policy Cluster for UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery from 2006 to 2008. She was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Crisis and Post-Conflict Unit in UN Development Group Office (2005-2006). From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Karl served as Senior Advisor for UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Geneva and as Deputy Director for UNDP Washington Liaison Office (2000-2002).
Ms. Karl started her career with UNDP in 1988 as a Training Officer with the UNDP Training Section. She served as Assistant Resident Representative with UNDP in Mali (1992-1994) and in Cambodia (1994-1997) and subsequently became a Policy Advisor for the Directorate in the Operations Support Group (1997-1999) and UNDP Latin America and Caribbean (1999-2000).
Before joining UNDP, Ms. Karl spent seven years as a Management Consultant with a focus on redesigning business processes in the US private banking and real estate sectors.
Ms. Karl holds a Master's degree in International Development Administration from New York University and a Bachelor degree from Columbia University.
As Executive Secretary of UNCDF, Ms. Karl provides organizational leadership and management and sets UNCDF's strategic direction and goals. She directs and leads UNCDF in implementing decisions and resolutions adopted by the Executive Board, ECOSOC, and the General Assembly as they relate to UNCDF.
Ms. Karl is supported by UNCDF's Management Team.