Gina Casar

Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator



Gina Casar was appointed Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, effective 1 June 2014.

Gina Casar has a rich and distinguished career, with wide-ranging management experience in both private and public sectors (national and international) and in academia.  

Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Casar served as Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts, Controller and Representative of the Secretary-General for the investments of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. She also served as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management and Accountability and Chief Financial Officer (2009-2011), and earlier as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance and Budget (2004-2006) at the World Food Programme in Rome.  

Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Casar was National Treasurer of Mexico (2006-2009); Chief Financial Officer, Banco Nacional de Servicios Financieros (2001-2004); Deputy General Director, Banking Sector, Ministry of Finance (1999-2001); and Deputy Vice President, National Banking Commission in Mexico (1995-1999).

She began her career as a Professor and Headed the School of Accounting and Administration, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Ms. Casar holds a Degree in Public Accounting as well as a Masters of Business Administration from ITAM, Mexico.

Latest Speeches

Gina Casar: Statement to the First Regular Session of the UNDP & UNFPA Executive Board on Country programmes and related matters

29 Jan 2015

Mr. President, Members of the Executive Board, I am pleased to introduce the session on country programmes and related matters. In this session, we will introduce four country programme documents for your review and approval. All four have benefited from the quality assurance process UNDP put in pmore

Gina Casar: UNDP Report on the Implementation of the recommendations of the Board of Auditors, 2013

28 Jan 2015

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Executive Board, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to deliver this statement on UNDP’s Report on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Board of Auditors (BoA), for 2013 (DP/2015/8). Following the Executive Board decision 2010/9, the list more

Gina Casar: Statement at the launch of the Syria Strategic Response Plan 2015 and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2015, Berlin, Germany

18 Dec 2014

Your Excellency Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs; Your Excellency Mr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development; Excellencies, Colleagues, Friends: I wish to start by thanking the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for generomore

Gina Casar: Statement on UNDP’s commitment at the Cookstoves Future Summit

21 Nov 2014

New York Excellencies, Delegates, Colleagues, I congratulate the Alliance on its achievements so far, particularly by embedding cookstoves in a broader development context. At UNDP, we also take a development approach to this issue by focusing on five key areas: * First, strengthening commercial more

Gina Casar: Opening Remarks at the Wasserwerk Plenary of the United Nations Volunteers Partnerships Forum 2014: Innovation in Volunteer Action

30 Sep 2014

Bonn, Germany Deputy Mayor Limbach, Dr. Peter Failer of BMZ, Distinguished guests, UNV colleagues, Good morning and welcome to the UNV Partnerships Forum.  It gives me great pleasure to formally open this event together with our joint hosts – the City of Bonn and the German Federal Ministry fmore