Our Team

Casper Sonesson, Policy Advisor

Casper Sonesson, a Swedish national, joined UNCDF in 2020 as Head of Policy in the Partnerships, Policy and Communications unit in New York.

Prior to joining UNCDF, Casper served as Global Policy Advisor on the role of extractive industries and private sector in development at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2014. In this capacity he developed global partnerships and conducted policy research on the extractive industries’ role in advancing the 2030 Agenda, working closely with organizations such as WEF, WB, IFC, governments and global industry associations.

Previously, Casper served as Deputy Director and Team Leader in UNDP’s Private Sector Division, where he spearheaded development and implementation of global strategies and initiatives to promote inclusive market development and engage the private sector in support of sustainable development. He has worked on the ground in more than 30 countries, advising UNDP country offices, governments and their partners.

Casper has 25 years of international development experience. He has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Lund, Sweden.

Our Team

Preeti Sinha, Executive Secretary

Ms. Sinha is a globally experienced investment and development banker with a 30-year track record associated with raising and managing institutional public and private development capital.

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.

Nick K. Kolev, Senior Adviser

Nick Kolev has joined UNCDF as Senior Advisor, Capital Markets for Development (Director) based in New York reporting to the Executive Secretary. Prior to UNCDF, Nick served as Senior Manager at FirstRand Group.

John Rutere, Head, Office of Finance & Management Services

Prior to joining UNCDF, John worked with UNDP for the last 12 years in the Office of Financial Resource Management (OFRM) where he held various roles including Chief of Financial Performance Management where his responsibilities.

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.

Maria Perdomo, Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific

Maria Perdomo became UNCDF's Regional Coordinator for Asia in 2021 and brought with her 15 years of experience working with public and private sector stakeholders to bring finance to the most excluded in the LDCs..

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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