UNCDF’s Management Team

UNCDF’s Management Team

The Management Team assists the Executive Secretary in decision-making and strategic planning

Judith KARLExecutive Secretary
Xavier MICHONDeputy Executive Secretary
Nazim KHIZARChief Management Support Unit
Samuel CHORITZPolicy Advisor
Henri DOMMELDirector Inclusive Finance Practice Area
Andrew FYFEEvaluation Specialist
David JACKSONDirector Local Development Practice Area
Esther PAN SLOANEHead, Partnerships, Policy and Communications
Anders BERLINSenior Advisor, LDC Investment Platform
Abdalmughni NOFALRegional Technical Advisor, Local Economic Development
Feisal HUSSAINSenior Regional Technical Advisor, Financial Inclusion
Mathieu SOGLONOURegional Technical Advisor, Financial Inclusion


Judith KARL

On 1 August 2014, Ms. Judith Karl joined UNCDF as Executive Secretary.

Ms. Karl, a US national, has served as Director of the Operations Support Group in the 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, Judith 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).

Judith 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, Judith spent seven years as a Management Consultant with a focus on redesigning business processes in the US private banking and real estate sectors. Judith 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.


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.


Nazim Khizar joined UNCDF in September 2015. He has over 20 years of experience in the area of Assurance, Business Advisory and Management within the United Nations System and Private Sector.

Previously, he has worked with UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) as Manager Finance, where he was engaged in the management of Thematic Trust Funds and UNDP’s TRAC III core resources. Prior to this, he was Operations Mangers with UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (2007-2014), Audit Specialist with the Office of Audit and Investigations (2006-2007) and Head of Budget & Finance & Programme Resources Unit in UNDP Pakistan (2003-2006). He has also worked at various international offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 1995 to 2003.

Mr. Khizar is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting and holds a Master Degree in International Management from the University of Liverpool.


Prior to this appointment, Sam was the Senior Policy Adviser to the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia and Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office. Previously, he worked for nearly four years as a speechwriter and policy specialist in the Executive Office of the UNDP Administrator, and before that as an adviser in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. He started working with UNDP in the Evaluation Office, and has also served with the UNDP Yemen Country Office and in the Crisis and Post-Crisis Cluster in what is now DOCO.

Sam is from South Africa. He holds a Master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University.


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

He is responsible for leading the Unit's strategy in promoting access to financial services and the development of inclusive financial sectors in least developed countries. In his position, Mr. Dommel helps develop UNCDF's strategy within Inclusive Finance, as well as support UNCDF's agenda on product innovation and diversification which includes microinsurance, remittances, financial services for youth, among others.

Mr. Dommel started his career at Banque Paribas in New Delhi as well as in Paris at the bank's department for Africa and the Middle East.

He joined the UN system in 1992, working as Programme Manager at UNCDF until 2001.

Prior to joining UNCDF again, Mr. Dommel worked from 2001 to 2007 as Senior Technical Advisor for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Mr. Dommel holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a degree from the "Institut d'Études Politiques" of Paris, France.

Andrew FYFE

Andrew Fyfe joined the Evaluation Unit in UNCDF in early 2010, after a career working primarily for the external relations departments of the European Commission at both Headquarters and in a Delegation in Central Asia, and then as an external consultant applying results-oriented monitoring and evaluation methodologies to a wide range of donor-funded programmes and projects throughout the developing world. Originally from Scotland, Andrew has an academic background in liberal arts from Edinburgh University, and in economics and development management from Birkbeck College and the London School of Economics. As Head of Evaluation in UNCDF, Andrew is responsible for managing external evaluation exercises as well as supporting UNCDF embed evaluation approaches throughout its planning and management cycles.


David JacksonDavid Jackson, a British national, has over 30 years of experience in Local Development. In the 1980s, he worked in London to promote employment, affordable housing and open space along the River Thames, including the park that became the site of the London Eye. He spent the 1990s in Mozambique, Africa working with the government and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), where he designed and piloted a national system of local government finance and capital investment. Returning to the United Kingdom in 2001, he ran a consulting company supporting local development in over 10 African and Asian countries through governments, the World Bank and other clients. David rejoined the UN in 2006, serving as Decentralisation Advisor to the Government of Indonesia and UNDP, where he was instrumental in developing the UN support to the local government reforms in Aceh province following the Indian Ocean Tsunami and the Peace Agreement.

In 2009, he became Head of UNCDF Asia and Pacific office where he designed the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility, a global mechanism that enables local governments in the least developed countries to access climate finance for resilient investments. Recently, he has focused on the challenges of unlocking domestic capital markets for investments in local economic development, women’s economic empowerment and food security. David believes that the question of municipal finance and local investments in developing countries is crucial for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

In May 2013 he was appointed Director of the Local Development Finance Practice Area in New York. In this position he leads the Unit's strategy to strengthen public finance for local development.


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

Prior to joining UNCDF, Esther served as Adviser at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations in New York, where she negotiated the 2012 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review resolution and served on the US Delegation for the Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group and the 2030 Agenda. She served on the Executive Boards of UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS and UNFPA for four years, pushing the agencies to become more efficient, effective, and accountable for results, and helped to negotiate the 2014-2017 Strategic Plans and integrated budgets for each agency.

Before joining the US Mission to the UN in New York, Esther worked at the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China, where she helped Americans adopt orphans, and the US Embassy in London, where she worked on counterterrorism, intelligence cooperation, and extradition issues. She then served at the State Department Operations Center in Washington, a 24-hour rapid response unit tasked with keeping US officials informed about all relevant current events.

Prior to joining the US Foreign Service, Esther worked as a journalist in print, radio, and magazines. Esther has a BA from Stanford University, where she graduated with honors in English and International Relations, and an MA in Theater and Performance from the University of Cape Town, which she attended on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Anders Berlin

Anders Berlin has previously had the post as Head of Unit for Loans and Guarantees at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency managing a portfolio consisting of approximately 50 projects/programmes around the world, mostly in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Sida, Mr. Berlin worked for the Embassy of Sweden in Kosovo and Tanzania. He also worked as a senior advisor to the General Director of Sida and a senior Advisor at DG RELEX at the European Commission in Brussels.

Mr Berlin has also worked for the World Bank as an economist and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Stockholm University, and a Master’s degree in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University.

Abdalmughni Nofal

Abdalmughni (Abed) joined UNCDF after 30 years of working experience focused on Democratic Governance, Good Governance and Municipal Development, with wide knowledge in designing Municipal Finance programmes and developing related capacity development packages. He experienced working for national and international agencies in Palestine, North Africa and the Middle East regions. Since 1997, throughout his international career he worked for UNDP, UN-HABITAT, Mercy Corps, and CHF.

Abed has worked for and taken part in national organization, local governments (Municipalities) and semi-government organization at senior management level since 1982, for instance, since 2009 as the Director General of Municipal Development and Lending Fund, Abed experienced an extensive and successful track that focused on resource mobilization in the West Bank and Gaza. Throughout 30 years of working experience his main professional focus areas have been within the field of Local Governance Reform and Municipal Finance.

Abed is a Palestinian national married with two growing sons and independent other two: one daughter and one son. He holds a postgraduate degree in Urban Development from University of Strathclyde Glasgow (UK) and Bachelor Degree in City and Regional Planning from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

Feisal Hussain

Feisal Hussain is the corporate representative of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Asia. Feisal also manages UNCDF’s financial inclusion investment and programme portfolio in the region, including management of thematic women’s economic empowerment and financial market development projects in the ASEAN and SAARC sub-regions.

Feisal Hussain has over 20 years of international development experience in strategic leadership, technical advisory and programme development roles, with a particular focus on financial services for the poor.  Prior to joining UNCDF, Feisal ran a development consultancy in the UK, designing and evaluating livelihood projects and advising some of the largest donors, not-for-profit organisations and microfinance institutions.  Before this, Feisal spent five years designing and overseeing economic livelihood projects globally for ActionAid International, after serving four years as ActionAid’s country director in Bangladesh.

Feisal began his professional career in banking in the City of London in the late 1980s.  Feisal holds a Master’s in Development from the University of Leeds and Bachelor’s in Business from Middlesex University.

Mathieu Soglonou

Mathieu Soglonou holds a Diploma of Higher Education specialized in Project Management and Local Development, a Master's in Organizational Management and a Diploma in Business Management (Option Banque) from the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.

Mathieu has more than 15 years of experience in managing development projects cycles and a inclusive finance. Mathieu joined UNCDF in June 2008 as Chief Technical Advisor for the Central African Republic before joining the Regional Office where he assumed the duties of Technical Advisor in Inclusive Finance. In this capacity, Mathieu has accompanied several governments and central banks in the development of pro-poor strategies and policies (microfinance, inclusive finance, digital finance, agribusiness, resilience and empowerment of women, renewable energy, independent employment and entrepreneurship for young people and women).

Prior to UNCDF, Mathieu was Director of the Access to Financial Services project of the Millennium Challenge Account and then Director of the ALAFIA Consortium in Benin. Mathieu has also been a consultant for the World Bank, UNCTAD, UNDSEA, IFAD, GTZ, among others. He has also working experience in working in fragile countries or in transition.