Xavier Michon was appointed Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in October 2014. UNCDF acts as the UN’s capital investment agency for the least developed countries. With the Executive Secretary, Mr. Michon plays a critical role in providing leadership and shaping the strategic vision and direction of the organization. He directly oversees program development, and plays an active role in the implementation of UNCDF’s capital development mandate.
A French national, Mr. Michon had a long career at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), previously serving in Burundi and Guatemala as Country Director, in Peru as Deputy Resident Representative, and in the New York headquarters with the Regional Bureaus for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, as Programme Advisor. Prior to joining UNDP, he served as Project Management Officer in the Africa and Environmental Programmes Divisions at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). He also worked as Financial Derivatives Broker at Crédit Lyonnais Securities/Iberagentes in Spain, and as Officer-in-charge of the French-Dominican Chamber of Commerce promoting business opportunities and investment in the Dominican Republic.
Xavier received a maîtrise in Business Administration from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (ISG) in Paris, France, and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York. He speaks French, English, Spanish, Italian, and some Portuguese.