Our Team

Shaima Hussein, Special Advisor to the Executive Secretary

Shaima Hussein, a Jordan national, is the Special Advisor to the Executive Secretary. Her vast experience boasts an impressive career of over two decades marked by exemplary leadership, adept programme management, and extensive international development experience across various roles within international organizations and the UN Common System, Shaima brings a wealth of experience to her new role at UNCDF.

Prior to her current appointment, she served as Deputy Director for Inclusive Digital Economies (IDE) Practice at UNCDF headquarters, demonstrating exceptional capabilities in navigating complex issues and driving impactful initiatives.

Her tenure at UNCDF follows a distinguished career path. She previously held the position of Deputy Resident Representative (Programme and Operations) at UNDP Eswatini Country Office from 2019 to 2022. Before that, she served in various technical roles, including Policy and Programme Specialist with the Crises Bureau at UNDP (2015-2019) and Bureau for Development Policy of UNDP (2012-2015). Shaima's expertise in governance was honed during her time at the UNDP Regional Center in Cairo (2009-2012), focusing on country support and policy advice. She also coordinated governance initiatives in Iraq with UNAMI/UNRCO and led human rights projects with UNDP Iraq (2008-2009).

In the humanitarian sphere, she contributed significantly to emergency response efforts in Iraq while working with international NGOs from 2006 to 2008. Earlier in her career, she played a vital role in the operations of UNRWA's Jordan Field Office from 2000 to 2005, working in three different Refugee Camps. Shaima holds a master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex.

Our Team

Pradeeep Kurukulasuriya, Executive Secretary

With extensive experience in environment finance and climate finance, Pradeep has provided strategic leadership and oversight of multi-billion dollar portfolios across numerous countries.

Shaima Hussein, Special Advisor the Executive Secretary

With over 2 decades of experience. Her extensive international development experience, leadership, and adept programme management skills have been cultivated through various roles within the UN.

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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