An Indian American investment and development banker has been appointed as the Executive Secretary of UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
The New York-headquartered organization named Preeti Sinha has one of its highest leadership ranks in the institution. Her tenure as UNCDF Executive Secretary commenced on Monday, February 15.
In a statement, it said that she will “oversee the organization’s efforts to deliver scalable impact in order to make the international financial architecture work for the world’s frontier and pre-frontier markets; with a specific emphasis on supporting sustainable development for women, youth, small and medium-sized enterprises, smallholder farmers, and other traditionally underserved communities.”
Sinha said her goal would be to make ‘C’ in UNCDF to be “highly catalytic in mobilizing manifold the public and private finance for the LDCs it serves and in developing a new era of engagement with capital markets in 2021 and onwards.”
Sinha succeeds Judith Karl, who retired in February after concluding her 30-year career in the United Nations, the agency said.
Welcoming Sinha, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said: “UNCDF’s support for the world’s Least Developed Countries is critical, and I look forward to continuing the strong partnership between our organizations into the future.
Sinha will lead UNCDF’s work to harness the untapped growth potential of the LDCs, to enable and empower communities, local governments and small businesses to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while building more resilient and inclusive economies, the agency said.
As Executive Secretary, Sinha will oversee UNCDF’s last mile’ finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
She has three decades of global experience across investment and development finance during which she managed institutional public and private development capital.
The UNCDF statement said Sinha served as CEO and President of FFD Financing for Development LLC, a specialist development finance firm in Geneva, focusing on resource mobilization, donor relations, innovative capital markets, partnerships, strategy, business development, and impact investment advisory to finance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Previously, she managed the YES Global Institute, a practicing private sector think-tank for socio-economic development in New Delhi, building the impact investment ecosystem in India, the agency said, adding that she also served in senior resource mobilization roles at the African Development Bank.
Sinha graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program in Public Financial Management. She holds a Master’s in Global Leadership from the World Economic Forum and a Master’s in Public and Private Management (MPPM)/MBA from the Yale School of Management.
She is an alumnus of Dartmouth College, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science. UNCDF “makes public and private finance work for the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDCs) to harness their untapped growth potential.”
Its program “help to empower women, and are designed to catalyze larger capital flows from the private sector, national governments and development partners, for maximum impact towards the internationally agreed developments goals.