Our Team

Mathieu Soglonou, Regional Coordinator, Western and Central Africa

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.

Our Team

Judith Karl, Executive Secretary

Ms. Karl is the Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund. She started her career in the private sector as a Management Consultant

Xavier Michon, Deputy Executive Secretary

With over 2 decades of experience in the UN, brings in-depth knowledge of programme and operations at HQ and in the field.

Henri Dommel, Director, Inclusive Finance

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

David Jackson, Director, Local Development Finance

David Jackson, a British national, has over 30 years of experience in Local Development.

Nazim Khizar, Head, Management Support

Nazim Khizar joined UNCDF in 2015, with over 20 years of experience in business advisory & management in the UN and private sector.

Esther Pan Sloane, Head, Partnerships, Policy and Communications

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

Mathieu Soglonou, Regional Coordinator, WCA

Mathieu Soglonou is an experienced practitioner on project management, local development, organizational and business management.

Abdalmughni Nofal, Regional Coordinator, SEA

Abdalmughni joined UNCDF after 30 years of work on democratic and good governance and municipal development.

Andrew Fyfe, Head, Evaluation

Andrew Fyfe joined the Evaluation Unit in 2010, after working for the EC at both HQ and in a Delegation in Central Asia.

Anders Berlin, Senior Adviser

Anders Berlin was previously the Head of Unit for Loans and Guarantees at Sida, and managed a portfolio of about 50 projects around the world.

Samuel Choritz, Policy Adviser

Prior to his appointment, Sam was the Senior Policy Adviser to the UN Resident Coordinator in Ethiopia and Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office.

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