Our Team

Christel Alvergne, Regional Coordinator, Western and Central Africa

Christel Alvergne, a French national, joined UNCDF in 2008, and is now the Regional coordinator for West and central Africa.

She has worked for 20 years on local development and fiscal decentralization issues. In the 1990s, she worked for the agency of the French Prime Minister (DATAR) to develop innovative approaches to decentralization such as time management offices, local sport policies and innovative rural development plans.

She worked for the Municipal Development Programme for West Africa providing advice and guidance to local governments associations during the 90’s.

Christel holds a PhD in Economics (Geographical economics) and she is a Graduate in Political Science from the University of Aix-en-Provence (France). She has spent many years as a researcher and professor on Urban and Regional Planning in academic institutions throughout France, Canada, Senegal and Egypt.

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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.

Vincent Wierda, Regional Coordinator, Asia

Vincent Wierda, a Dutch national, joined UNCDF as a Programme Manager for its CleanStart initiative in 2013 and is now currently taking the role of UNCDF Regional Coordinator for Asia.

Christel Alvergne, Regional Coordinator, WCA

Christel Alvergne, a French national, joined UNCDF in 2008, and is now the Regional coordinator for West and central Africa.

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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