Executive Secretary

Executive Secretary

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.

Ms. Karl is supported by UNCDF's Management Team.

Executive Secretary

"2016

New York, USA, Oct 17, 2016 - "The theme of this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is "Moving from...
"2016
New York, USA, Sep 20, 2016 - "Excellencies, Distinguished panelist, I thank the Government of Bangladesh for organizing this...
"2016
New York, USA, Sep 09, 2016 - "Welcome and thank you very much for attending today’s briefing on the role of concessional fin...
"2016
Nairobi, Kenya, Aug 29, 2016 - "UNCTAD 4: Ministerial Round Table
"2016
New York, Jul 08, 2016 - "Ambassador Frankinet, Ambassador Çevik, Excellencies, Thank you for inviting UNCDF to address...
"2016
New York, USA, Jun 09, 2016 - "Mr President, Distinguished Members of the Executive Board, Colleagues, Thank you Ambassado...
"2016
Antalya, TURKEY, May 29, 2016 - "Ambassador Lambertini, Excellencies, Distinguished panelists, Colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen...
"2016
Antalya, TURKEY, May 28, 2016 - "Excellencies, Distinguished panelists, Colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, Thanks for joining us...
"2016
Antalya, TURKEY, May 28, 2016 - "Excellencies, Distinguished panelists, Colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you all for att...
"2016
Antalya, TURKEY, May 26, 2016 - "Thank you for your question and for organizing this event on a very pertinent topic for the LD...
"2016
Antalya, TURKEY, May 26, 2016 - "Excellencies, Distinguished panelists, Colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for invitin...
"2016
Istanbul, Turkey, May 24, 2016 - "Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished co-hosts and panelists. It is my...
"2016
New York, Mar 31, 2016 - "Thank you all for attending today’s side event on “How financial inclusion strategies support...
"2016
New York, USA, Mar 08, 2016 - "Message from Judith Karl, UNCDF Executive Secretary on the occasion of the International Women...
"2016

"2015

Siem Reap, CAMBODIA, Nov 03, 2015 - "Welcome to this important event on “Strengthening Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change...
"2015
New York, USA, Oct 30, 2015 - "This year, the theme for the World Cities Day, “Designed to live together”, reminds us of the...
"2015
New York, USA, Oct 17, 2015 - "This year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty comes on the heels of the adoptio...
"2015
New York, USA, Oct 16, 2015 - "Three weeks ago, 193 Member States of United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals,...
"2015
New York, USA, Sep 29, 2015 - "My thanks go to the United Arab Emirates and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation...
"2015
New York, USA, Sep 26, 2015 - "I would like to highlight three areas where, in UNCDF’s experience, local and global partnersh...
"2015
New York, USA, Sep 26, 2015 - "We are honored to have Josep Roig, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments (UCL...
"2015
Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS, Sep 22, 2015 - "Thank you for inviting me to join you at the fifth Pacific Microfinance Week, for which UNCDF...
"2015
Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS, Sep 22, 2015 - "Thank you for inviting me to join in the launch of the Solomon Islands financial services Dema...
"2015
Suva, FIJI, Sep 17, 2015 - "Thank you for inviting me to join in the launch of the Fiji financial services Demand Side Sur...
"2015
New York, USA, Sep 02, 2015 - "Thank you for joining us today. Thanks to Switzerland for conceiving of this side event, and...
"2015
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA, Jul 13, 2015 - "The emerging post-­2015 development agenda goes beyond the MDGs in scope and ambition. It has...
"2015
New York, USA, Jul 10, 2015 - "The United Nations Capital Development Fund played an important role in the Ebola response, an...
"2015
New York, USA, Jun 08, 2015 - "It is an honor for me to address you today at this June Executive Board session and to report...
"2015
Canberra, AUSTRALIA, May 26, 2015 - "I welcome you to this roundtable on “Financial Inclusion – Innovation and Impacts” hosted by t...
"2015
New York, USA, Mar 11, 2015 - "Excellency, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be with you tod...
"2015
New York, USA, Jan 30, 2015 - "Mr. President (Chairman), Distinguished Members of the Executive Board. Allow me to begin by...
"2015

"2014

Benin, Senegal and Zambia, Oct 23, 2014 - "I welcome you to this event on “Expanding Digital Financial Services” hosted by UNCDF and The...
"2014
Geneva, SWITZERLAND, Jun 24, 2014 - "Many thanks Kim, Please allow me to present UNCDF’s 2013 results of UNCDF for its two substant...
"2014
Geneva, SWITZERLAND, Jun 24, 2014 - "Mr. President. Distinguished Delegates. First allow me to thank the Associate Administrator fo...
"2014
New York, Jan 30, 2014 - "Let me start by congratulating you Mr. President and the new members of the Executive Board on...
"2014

"2013

New York, USA, Nov 21, 2013 - "A warm welcome to everybody. And a heartfelt thank you to Mr Bojan Belev, to be with us today....
"2013
New York, USA,, Oct 30, 2013 - "Honourable Minister Jooma, Excellencies, Founders and Members of the Better Than Cash Alliance...
"2013
United Nations, New York, Jun 13, 2013 - "Marc Bichler, UNCDF Executive Secretary Statement to the Annual Meeting of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOP...
"2013
Istanbul, TURKEY, May 09, 2013 - "It is an honor and pleasure for UNCDF to be here and to be actively involved in the work of th...
"2013
NEW YORK, Feb 01, 2013 - "Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a true pleasure to address...
"2013

"2012

New York, Dec 12, 2012 - "A warm welcome to everybody. On November 1st, I have taken up the job of Executive Secretary...
"2012
Dakar, SENEGAL, Dec 04, 2012 - "Sommet Africités VI - Dakar
"2012
New York, Sep 24, 2012 - "Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Honorable Minister, Excellencies, Disti...
"2012
Geneva, Jun 28, 2012 - "Thank you Mr. President. Thank you Mrs. Associate Administrator for your introductory remarks....
"2012
Rio de Janeiro, Jun 20, 2012 - "Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the event on Financing Access to Clean Energy for the Poor...
"2012
Paris, Feb 29, 2012 - "Thank you Mr. Chairman. This session focuses on a topic of critical importance to development...
"2012
Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb 17, 2012 - "Thank you Mary. Et bonjour tout le monde. I have heard from colleagues and other participants...
"2012
New York, Feb 02, 2012 - "Distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. Allow me to begin, as has my collea...
"2012

"2011

Busan, Nov 29, 2011 - "Thank you very much and good afternoon to everyone. As the chair just mentioned, I am the head...
"2011
OTTAWA, Nov 04, 2011 - "It is a great pleasure to be with all of you today for the launch of the 2011 Human Developmen...
"2011
LUXEMBOURG, Oct 18, 2011 - "Thank you very much and good morning everyone. We've had a very interesting discussion on...
"2011
OTTAWA, Oct 04, 2011 - "My name is David Morrison. I'm the head of the UN Capital Development Fund, which is the...
"2011
CANBERRA, Sep 15, 2011 - "Thank you Richard. And thank you very much for this opportunity to meet with all of you. This...
"2011
VUNIDAWA, Sep 09, 2011 - "Bula Vinaka to the people of Vunidawa (Voon in dah wah). I have only been in beautiful Fiji fo...
"2011
Visit of UN Capital Development Fund’s Executive Secretary to Solomon Islands
Sep 07, 2011 - "The Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Mr. David Morrison, will b...
"2011
Visit of UN Capital Development Fund’s Executive Secretary to Fiji
Sep 05, 2011 - "The Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Mr. David Morrison, will b...
"2011
Lecture on the Private Sector, Microfinance and the role of the UN at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
New York, Jul 31, 2011 - "Let me begin by saying how pleased I am at the implicit recognition by this group of the impor...
"2011
New York, Jun 16, 2011 - "Distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. Allow me to begin by thanking Rebec...
"2011
UNCDF signs a Partnership Framework Agreement with the Government of Luxembourg
Jun 15, 2011 - "Aim is to foster harmonization among United Nations agencies and increase predictability of ai...
"2011
UNCDF Executive Secretary takes part in a side event on Branchless banking at the LDC IV
May 11, 2011 - " Branchless Banking through Mobile Phone Technology Offers Potential to Accelerate Progress to...
"2011
UNCDF Executive Secretary facilitates a side event on Women's empowerment at the LDC IV
May 10, 2011 - "UNCDF Makes Case for Access to Financial Services as Key Factor to Women’s Economic Empowermen...
"2011
Cardiff, Mar 17, 2011 - "Excellencies, Honorable Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen. Let me begin by saying how pleased we...
"2011
New York, Feb 02, 2011 - "Distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen; Allow me to begin by joining the pr...
"2011
Copenhagen, Jan 31, 2011 - "The recent Danish documentary “Trapped in micro-debt” challenges the assumption that microcred...
"2011
VIENNA, Jan 12, 2011 - "As the Chair has just indicated, my role this morning is to try to help set the scene for our...
"2011

"2010

Brussels, Dec 06, 2010 - "Let me begin by welcoming everyone this morning. My name is David Morrison and I am the head o...
"2010
Copenhagen, Dec 03, 2010 - "Thank you Esbern for that warm introduction, and good morning to everyone. It is a real pleasu...
"2010
LUXEMBOURG, Nov 30, 2010 - "It is a great honor for me to participate in this Opening Plenary Session of European Microfin...
"2010
Mexico City, Nov 19, 2010 - "Honorable Mayors, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is an honor for me as a representativ...
"2010
OTTAWA, Nov 04, 2010 - "Mesdames et messieurs. C’est avec un grand plaisir que je suis avec vous ce matin pour présent...
"2010
KAMPALA, Oct 06, 2010 - "Honorable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. We have now come to the very end of t...
"2010
KAMPALA, Oct 04, 2010 - "Your Excellency the Rt Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of Tanzania, Honorable Ministe...
"2010
New York, Sep 22, 2010 - "We are now going to continue with the programme. In the first half of this session Secretary C...
"2010
NEW YORK, Sep 20, 2010 - "Thank you Inga. And welcome to all of you here today. I represent the UN Capital Development F...
"2010
UNCDF Keen To Help strengthen Local Governments in Bangladesh
Sep 16, 2010 - "The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is keen to assist Bangladesh in further st...
"2010
Visit of the Head of United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) to Bhutan
Sep 10, 2010 - "UNCDF’s Executive Secretary, Mr. David Morrison, will be paying a visit to Bhutan from 12th to...
"2010
SINGAPORE, Sep 09, 2010 - "Thank you very much and good afternoon to everyone. Let me begin by thanking the Singapore...
"2010
Accra, Jul 15, 2010 - "A warm good afternoon to everyone! The case for transformational development in Africa was mad...
"2010
Geneva, Jun 30, 2010 - "Notes for Annual Meeting of Board
"2010
Serengema, United Republic of Tanzania, May 03, 2010 - "Honourable District commissioner, Honourable Chairman of the councils, Government officials’,...
"2010
MARRAKESH MOROCCO, Mar 18, 2010 - "Thank you very much and good afternoon to everyone. We are obviously off to a very good start...
"2010
New York, Jan 10, 2010 - "Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen. Allow me to begin as others have...
"2010

"2009

Paris, Dec 02, 2009 - "Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. Let me begin by thanking you for the kind invitation to ad...
"2009
Seoul, Nov 04, 2009 - "Mr Chairman, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is an honor for m...
"2009
Ottawa, Oct 05, 2009 - "Thank you, Kate. Good morning everyone. It is a great pleasure to be with you all today for th...
"2009
New York, Sep 10, 2009 - "Mr, President Distinguished Delegates Ladies and Gentlemen, My task this afternoon is to brief...
"2009
UNCDF Executive Secretary reaffirms commitment to support local governance and microfinance in his visit to Timor-Leste
Aug 18, 2009 - "Mr. David Morrison, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)...
"2009
UNCDF Executive Secretary sees progress on Poverty Reduction during his visit to Rwanda
Jul 01, 2009 - "One year ago, Executive Secretary David Morrison, took the lead of the United Nations Capital...
"2009
New York, May 29, 2009 - "Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen. Let me start by thanking Helen f...
"2009
GRAND BAHAMA, May 12, 2009 - "I think it is fitting that we have spent most of this morning discussing financing and capacit...
"2009
Grand Bahama, May 04, 2009 - "UNCDF Executive Secretary is interviewed by the Local Government Channel at the CLGF in Grand...
"2009
NEW YORK, Apr 22, 2009 - "Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. Good morning to everyone. As one of Olav’s Kjorven’ key po...
"2009
PARIS (France), Mar 30, 2009 - "Let me first say that I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address you today, and to b...
"2009
Entretien avec David Morrison en mission au Mali
Mar 17, 2009 - "Le Secrétaire Exécutif du Fonds d’équipement des Nations Unies (FENU), M. David Morrison, étai...
"2009
Visit by the Executive Secretary to Burkina Faso
Feb 17, 2009 - "Le projet d’Appui aux Communes Rurales et aux initiatives Intercommunautaires a été récemment...
"2009
New York, Jan 22, 2009 - "Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen. While I still feel a bit of a ne...
"2009