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GCF has a fully independent Secretariat which is responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of the Fund. It services and is accountable to the Board. 

Today, GCF has around 224 staff members at its headquarters, in addition there are a number of consultants who support the staff. Some limited support is being provided offsite, in other countries. With close to a 50/50 balance between men and women, 63 nationalities, and many more languages spoken, the Fund is an institution that speaks and acts for all people on the planet.

GCF is headquartered in Songdo, Republic of Korea.

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The GCF secretariat is composed of several divisions and offices that report to the Office of Executive Director and/or to the GCF Board.

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Executive Director

The Secretariat is headed by the Executive Director, who is appointed by and accountable to the Board. 
Yannick Glemarec,
Executive Director

Yannick Glemarec is the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund. He was appointed by the GCF Board at its 22nd meeting and took office on 3 April 2019. He is the third Executive Director of the Fund.

He has 30 years of international experience in climate change, development and finance, and their interrelationships. He served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme in UN Women from 2015 to 2018, overseeing services provided by close to 2,000 UN Women staff in over 80 countries worldwide. Before joining UN Women, he was Executive Coordinator of the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office in New York from 2013 to the beginning of 2015. He was responsible for the design and administration of about 100 UN trust funds supporting humanitarian, post-conflict, development and climate action in over 100 countries.

Previously, he served first as UNDP Deputy Executive Coordinator and then as UNDP Executive Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility in New York from 2003 to 2012, where he oversaw the formulation and implementation of a USD 6 billion portfolio for climate change management, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable natural resources management. Earlier, he worked with UNDP in increasingly senior development and environment programme positions in Switzerland, Viet Nam, China and Bangladesh.

Yannick holds a PhD from the University of Paris in Environment Sciences, and two Master’s degrees in Hydrology and in Business Administration. He has authored several publications in the field of risk management, renewable energy, climate finance, and co-benefits between human rights, gender equality and climate action.

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Senior Management

The 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.

Javier Manzanares
DEPUTY Executive Director

Javier Manzanares is the Deputy Executive Director at GCF. Prior to his current role, he was Director and Representative of UNOPS in 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 the Executive VP for two privately held banks of Grupo Fierro. His career in banking and finance began with Banco Santander/BSCH in the United States, Hong Kong and Japan. Javier holds a dual MBA from Northwestern University / Kellogg (USA), an EMBA from Hong Kong University of Sciences & Technology (China), and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at INHA University in the Republic of Korea.

Ayaan Adam
Director A.I.

Tony Clamp is Director of GCF's Private Sector Facility Division a.i..

Robert Dawson
CFO and Director Support Services A.I.

Robert Dawson is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of Support Services a.i., who has more than 35 years of professional experience with international organisations. Before joining GCF, he held several senior positions, most recently as Deputy Director General and Head of the Operations Enabling Division of the Global Green Growth Institute in the Republic of Korea. Robert served nearly 3 decades with the Asian Development Bank in various roles, including; The Secretary, Office of the Secretary, and Chief of both the Office of Administrative Services and the Office of Information Systems and Technology. He holds a masters degree in sustainable management from the University of Sydney.

Pa Ousman Jarju
Pa Ousman

Pa Ousman Jarju is Director of GCF's Country Programming Division. Formerly, he was the Gambian Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources and Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Pa Ousman was Special Climate Change Envoy of the Gambia and has extensive diplomatic experience across the 47 LDCs, China, the United States and the European Union. He has gained wide-ranging managerial experience in the Gambia's Department of Water Resources as its Director and then overseeing Minister. Pa Ousman holds advanced diplomas from the Institute of Commercial Management (UK) and the IHE Institute for Water Education (the Netherlands), as well as a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering.

Oyun Sanjaasuren

Dr Oyun Sanjaasuren is the Director of External Affairs. A former Member of Parliament from Mongolia, Oyun has extensive experience in representing international organisations. She served as the first President of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the governing body of UN Environment. After leaving the Government of Mongolia in 2016, she was appointed Chair of the Global Water Partnership, an intergovernmental organization to advance water security by working with over 3,000 institutional partners in more than 180 countries. Oyun's five consecutive terms in Mongolia's Parliament included stints as Minister of Environment and Green Development (2012-2014) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007 – 2008). Holding a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge, Oyun has also been a prominent advocate of civil and social rights.

German Velasquez

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).

Mitch Carpen
Head of Risk Management and Compliance

Mitch Carpen is the head of Risk Management and Compliance, and has over 25 years of experience designing, leading and implementing a broad range of growth, realignment and startup initiatives in the finance, risk and portfolio management functions of global financial and governmental organisations. He worked with the State of New Jersey in the United States and McKinsey & Company as an Executive Director to start up an energy infrastructure bank. Before this he was an Assistant General Manager at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in Singapore, where he led the establishment of the risk function for the new regional headquarters. He also was a Managing Director at Societe Generale's risk team in New York City. Mitch has a master's degree in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University in New York City and a master's and bachelor's degree in Economics and Information Science from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Carolina Fuentes
Secretary to
the Board

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 organisations 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's degree in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford (UK).

Mark Jerome
Head of Internal Audit

Mark is the Head of the Internal Audit Office. He was previously an audit partner at KPMG, where he focused on emerging economies and the development sector. He was also a member of KPMG’s international steering committee on the development sector from 2007 to 2016. Before joining GCF, he was based in Viet Nam and the Lao People's Democratic Republic, and has had extensive experience in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Mongolia. He also served in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the United Kingdom, and was an auditor in KPMG London and Slovakia. Mark qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992 and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mark holds a Master of Arts degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

Douglas Leys
General Counsel

Douglas Leys is the Green Climate Fund’s General Counsel. He has accumulated extensive experience in the public and private sectors, including several decades of service with the Solicitor-General’s Office in Jamaica. This culminated in his appointment as Jamaica’s Solicitor General, before moving to GCF. In addition, as General Counsel of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Douglas negotiated several loans with international commercial banks and provided legal assistance to Dominica and Grenada on the restructuring of their international and regional debt obligations in 2005. He holds the rank of Queen’s Counsel, a position reserved for persons who have distinguished themselves at the bar in the Commonwealth.

Sohail Malik
Head of Portfolio Management

Sohail Malik is the Head of Portfolio Management at GCF. He has over thirty years of international development experience in progressively responsible portfolio management positions in public, private, international nongovernmental, bilateral and multilateral donor organisations. He previously worked for the Navajo Nation in the United States, developing and implementing its Water Use Master Plan in support of its water rights over the Colorado River. He was also the Resident Representative of IUCN in Pakistan. While working with Islamic Development Bank, USAID and Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, he managed high value complex portfolios in the areas of sustainable livelihood, natural resource management, climate change, food security, disaster risk management, governance and gender. Sohail has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a master's degree in Structural Engineering from Arizona State University, U.S.A.

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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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