On 1 August 2014, Ms. Judith Karl joined UNCDF as Executive Secretary. Ms. Karl, a US national, brings over 25 years of multilateral experience in international cooperation, development and poverty reduction to the position.
As Director of the Operations Support Group of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms. Karl has played a leading role in supporting the advancement of UNDP’s organizational performance by coordinating corporate strategies, operational systems, and accountability mechanisms. Her responsibilities also encompassed direct support to the UNDP Associate Administrator in the oversight of UNDP programmes, operations and related accountability for operational results.
Ms. Karl’s long and distinguished career includes more than 15 years in senior positions that combined intellectual, strategic and managerial leadership. She has served as Chief of Central Strategy and Policy Cluster for UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery; as Senior Policy Advisor with the Crisis and Post-Conflict Unit in UN Development Group Office; as Senior Advisor for UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Geneva; and as Deputy Director for UNDP Washington Liaison Office.
As Executive Secretary of UNCDF, Ms. Karl provides organizational leadership and management, supports the overall goals of UNCDF and sets UNCDF's strategic direction.
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.