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: Speech on Financing to fight Poverty and Inequality: The key role of Public Financing for the SDGs

13 Apr 2015

Sincere thanks to the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie for the invitation to speak at this important side event. It’s a pleasure to be here this afternoon. We are poised to agree a bold and ambitious post-2015 sustainable development agenda. A combination of better policies, more effemore

Gina Casar: Speech at the Staff Retreat of the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa

23 Feb 2015

H.E. Madam Joyce Hilda Banda, former President of Malawi; Colleagues, I am very pleased to join the opening of the first staff retreat of the Regional Service Centre for Africa, here in Debre Zeyit. I welcome the opportunity to participate in a retreat titled: “Working as One, UNDP in Africa”. Itmore

Gina Casar: Statement to the First Regular Session of the UNDP & UNFPA Executive Board on Evaluation Policy Review and Management Responses

30 Jan 2015

Mr. President, Members of the Executive Board, I am pleased to present in this session, covering the Evaluation Policy review, the Management Response produced by UNDP to the findings and recommendations of the IEO-commissioned Review of the Evaluation Policy report. UNDP places enormous value in more

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