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Xavier Michon, Deputy Executive Secretary

Xavier Michon was appointed as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in late 2014. As part of his duties, he plays a critical role to support the Executive Secretary in providing leadership and shaping the strategic vision and direction of the organization. He provides direct oversight to the development of the programme of work and plays an active role in the implementation of UNCDF’s capital development mandate and management of the organization.

French national, he has had a long career at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), previously serving in Burundi and Guatemala as Country Director, in Peru as Deputy Resident Representative, and in the New York headquarters with the Regional Bureaus for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, as Programme Advisor. Prior to joining UNDP, he served as Project Management Officer in the Africa and Environmental Programmes Divisions, at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). He also worked as Financial Derivatives Broker at Iberagentes / Crédit Lyonnais Securities in Spain, and as Officer-in-charge of the French-Dominican Chamber of Commerce promoting business opportunities and investment in the Dominican Republic.

Xavier Michon received a maîtrise in Business Management from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (ISG) in Paris, France, and a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York, USA. He speaks fluently French, English, Spanish, Italian, and has basic conversational skills in Portuguese.

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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.

Anders Berlin, Director, LDC Investment Platform

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.

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.

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.

Casper Sonesson, Policy Adviser

Casper Sonesson joined UNCDF in 2020 as Head of Policy. Prior to joining UNCDF, Casper served as Global Policy Adviser on the role of extractive industries and private sector.

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