Senior ManagementThe Secretariat’s senior management team lead the various divisions of the Secretariat, providing the management capabilities to execute the day-to-day operations of the Fund.
Ayaan is the Director of the Private Sector Facility. She brings to GCF over 20 years of investment and portfolio management experience with private sector financial institutions, private equity and venture capital across emerging and frontier markets. Since 2014, Ayaan has been serving as an independent senior advisor to a number of leading sustainable investment institutions, including Oikocredit International. In addition to serving as Managing Director of Africa Funds at UK-based CDC Group Plc, she spent 17 years at the International Finance Corporation. Ayaan holds an M.Sc. in Finance and Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management (1994), and Bachelor degrees in mathematics and economics from Clark University (1990).
Dr German Velasquez (Jerry) is the Director of GCF’s Mitigation and Adaptation Division. He has worked for various United Nations departments on environmental conventions and governance, as well as on disaster vulnerability and risk, since 1994. With the UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) he supported the development of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Jerry previously led the largest association of cities promoting resilience – the UN Making Cities Resilient Campaign – with more than 3,600 members globally. With UN Environment (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) he helped countries to implement multilateral agreements, in particular the Rio Conventions. Jerry received a Master and Doctor of Engineering degree on Hydrology and Water Resources from Nagoya University (Japan).
Clifford Polycarp is acting head of GCF’s Country Programming Division. He brings over 15 years of experience on climate and development finance with various public, private and non-profit institutions. Before joining the Fund, he was Deputy Director of the World Resources Institute’s Finance Center in Washington, DC. Previously, in India, he managed climate and energy funding programmes of the UK Government, and also held business development roles with various private sector financial institutions. Clifford holds a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University (USA), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University (India).
Javier Manzanares is the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Support Services at GCF. He previously served as Director and Representative of the UN Office for Project Services of the MERCOSUR region, based in Argentina. He was formerly Division Manager of Investment and Development Banking at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. Javier also worked as an Executive VP for two privately held banks of Grupo Fierro. His career in banking and finance began with Banco Santander/BSCH in California. Javier holds a dual MBA from Northwestern University/Kellogg (USA), and an EMBA from Hong Kong University of Sciences & Technology (China).
Carolina Fuentes is the Secretary to the Board at GCF. She was formerly Deputy Director General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico, where she was in charge of climate change, international cooperation, and engagement with economic and environmental organizations such as the OECD and CEC. She previously worked as Director for Climate Change in the same ministry where she represented Mexico in international climate change negotiations. Carolina holds a Master degree in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford (UK).
de Witt Wijnen,
Rutger de Witt Wijnen is the General Counsel at GCF. Formerly a partner at the Amsterdam office of the international law firm Simmons & Simmons LLP, he specializes in finance and energy law, including carbon finance and climate change law. Rutger was previously a partner at a major Dutch law firm, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, where he became involved in carbon finance. He has acted for governments, multilaterals, international financing institutions, and private sector companies in a variety of climate change matters. As a member of several advisory committees, he was at the forefront of developments in carbon markets. Rutger has a degree from Leiden University (Netherlands).
Songdo, Republic of Korea
The Green Climate Fund is headquartered in Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea, where it opened its doors in December 2013. The GCF Board selected Songdo as the host city following an open bid process that saw six countries submit host country proposals. The Headquarters Agreement between the Republic of Korea and GCF was signed in June 2013 and entered into force in August 2013.
Songdo is a planned city, built on reclaimed land and part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone. It is located some 65 km southwest of Seoul and lies within close proximity to Incheon International Airport (ICN). The offices of GCF are located in G-Tower, an eco-friendly building that is also home to several United Nations agencies.
GCF is proud to be located within the Incheon Free Economic Zone, a twenty-first century business city which has been built from scratch since 2003, and is developing into an innovative and high-tech business hub for Northeast Asia. The city hosts over 75 multinational companies and twelve international organisations including the World Bank and the Green Climate Fund. It provides a gateway to Seoul, with its population of 23 million, and has close proximity to major cities in China including Beijing and Shanghai, serviced by Incheon International Airport.
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