Our Team

Abdalmughni Nofal, Regional Coordinator, Southern and Eastern Africa

Abdalmughni (Abed) joined UNCDF after 30 years of working experience focused on Democratic Governance, Good Governance and Municipal Development, with wide knowledge in designing Municipal Finance programmes and developing related capacity development packages. He experienced working for national and international agencies in Palestine, North Africa and the Middle East regions. Since 1997, throughout his international career he worked for UNDP, UN-HABITAT, Mercy Corps, and CHF.

Abed has worked for and taken part in national organization, local governments (Municipalities) and semi-government organization at senior management level since 1982, for instance, since 2009 as the Director General of Municipal Development and Lending Fund, Abed experienced an extensive and successful track that focused on resource mobilization in the West Bank and Gaza. Throughout 30 years of working experience his main professional focus areas have been within the field of Local Governance Reform and Municipal Finance.

Abed is a Palestinian national married with two growing sons and independent other two: one daughter and one son. He holds a postgraduate degree in Urban Development from University of Strathclyde Glasgow (UK) and Bachelor Degree in City and Regional Planning from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

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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