IFAD appoints new Vice-President

Rome, 1 December 2013 - IFAD is delighted to announce the appointment of Ambassador Michel Mordasini as Vice-President of IFAD, following a rigorous recruitment process and the recommendations of an externally-led search panel. The appointment is effective from 1 December 2013.

Mordasini, a Swiss national, has over 30 years of bilateral and multilateral experience in international cooperation, development and poverty reduction.

As Head of SDC Global Cooperation Domain, Mordasini has played a leading role in the orientation and delivery of Swiss multilateral aid and SDC's response to global challenges faced by developing countries, with a particular focus on climate change, water, food security and migration & development. His responsibilities also encompass SDC strategic analysis and positioning regarding the international development agenda, and knowledge management. He oversees the overall SDC budget and finances on behalf of the Director General.

Mordasini's long and distinguished career includes five years as Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank Group (WBG), representing Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In this capacity, he was involved in conducting the general operations of the World Bank and overseeing the Bank's business. He also served as Chairman of the Budget Committee, one of the five Standing Committees of the WBG Board.

For 12 years, Mordasini had leading functions at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Berne – formulating, implementing and supervising economic and trade-related support for developing and transition countries. His special focus was macroeconomic stability, debt reduction, private sector development and aid for trade.

Mordasini has rich field experience in development cooperation. He was posted for 14 years in developing countries. He worked for SDC in Pakistan (1988-1991) and in Tanzania (1991-1995). Prior to this he held senior positions for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in several conflict and post-conflict countries (Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa and Uganda,) over a period of seven years.

Mordasini is an economist with a master's degree in political economy from the University of Geneva.