The Management Team assists the Executive Secretary in decision-making and strategic planning
|Judith KARL||Executive Secretary|
|Xavier MICHON||Deputy Executive Secretary|
|Nazim KHIZAR||Chief Management Support Unit|
|Samuel CHORITZ||Policy Advisor|
|Henri DOMMEL||Director Inclusive Finance Practice Area|
|Andrew FYFE||Evaluation Specialist|
|David JACKSON||Director Local Development Practice Area|
|Tara SHARAFUDHEEN||Head of Partnerships, Policy and Communications|
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.
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 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 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.
Tara is the Head of the Partnerships, Policy and Communications Unit of UNCDF. Prior to joining UNCDF Tara worked at the World Bank for over 14 years where she oversaw partnerships, knowledge management, policy and strategy for the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa regions as well as the Water Global Practice. She was responsible for partnerships with Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Italy and conceptualized and set up the first umbrella Trust Fund at the Bank. Tara also worked on decentralization and local governance, urban development, infrastructure delivery and youth development.
Before her tenure with the World Bank Tara was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, the civil service of India. In this capacity she brings to UNCDF operational and policy experience in several fields including local economic development, financial inclusion, public finance, industry, infrastructure and service delivery, women’s empowerment, disaster risk management, social protection and housing. The last position Tara held was that of Additional Secretary Finance, State of Kerala, India. She began her career as an investment banker and has also extensive experience working with NGOs in housing, women’s empowerment and tourism.
Tara holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA, a Master of Science in International Business from Temple University, USA and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the National Management Program, India and a Master of Arts in History and Economics from the University of Delhi.