Our Team

Nick Kolev, Senior Advisor

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: Strategic Initiatives – Sovereigns, Supranationals, and Agencies at FirstRand Group. With reporting lines to the Group Treasurer and the London CEO, he managed FirstRand’s DFI Strategy.

Nick’s first experience in Development Finance was with African Development Bank. As Senior Treasury Officer in charge of private placements, swap trading, and buybacks, he originated/managed the issuance of the first supranational bonds denominated in Ghanaian Cedi, Kenyan Shilling, and Nigerian Naira, as well as the first supranational bond settled in South African Rand.

Nick left AfDB to become the founding Deputy Managing Director and a Statutory Director of TCX Investment Management Company—the manager of The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX). TCX granted him a fully-delegated responsibility for its transaction process, and he established and ran all Trading activities, managed relationships with investors and counterparties, and served as the point of contact for TCX’s Pricing Committee.

In the private sector, Nick has also collaborated with DFIs as Chief Investment Officer of Karoll Finance, Vice Chairman of Karoll Capital Management, and Chief Strategy Officer of Karoll Financial Group.

Born in Bulgaria, Nick is a citizen of Belgium and South Africa and holds master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

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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