Our Team

Andrew Fyfe, Head of Evaluation

Andrew Fyfe, a British national, has close to twenty years’ experience working in international cooperation, with a particular focus on the evaluation of international development policy and programmes. He began his career working for the European Commission at its Brussels headquarters supporting the accession of then candidate countries of Eastern Europe to the European Union, and in a Delegation in Central Asia managing a technical assistance facility in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. He then specialized in evaluation, working as an independent consultant applying different evaluation approaches to a wide range of donor-funded programmes and projects in a variety of sectors throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He joined UNCDF in 2010 and has since then been responsible for implementing UNCDF’s evaluation programme: designing and managing external evaluations according to United Nations Evaluation Group norms and standards, embedding evaluation within UNCDF’s programme cycle and supporting UNCDF to develop new evaluation and measurement tools to better capture the results of UNCDF’s work in its various areas of practice.

Andrew is currently pursuing a part-time Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice from the University of Bath and is looking particularly at how the practice of international development can be best influenced by academic research, particularly in the area of evaluation and measurement. This builds on professional training in evaluation from the Evaluators’ Institute and the International Programme on Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) and earlier Master’s Degrees in economics from Birkbeck College, development management from the London School of Economics, and European studies at the College of Europe in Poland.

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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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