ROME (Dec. 2, 2013( — Ambassador Michel Mordasini, a Swiss national and former Head of the Global Cooperation Domain at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, took up his duties on 1 December as Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations agency devoted to rural poverty and financing of agricultural and rural development.
Mordasini, who comes with over 30 years of bilateral and multilateral experience in international cooperation, development and poverty reduction, 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 and development.
Mordasini served as director on the Board of the World Bank Group. For a decade and a half, as a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross, he was stationed in countries, such as Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa and Uganda.
Mordasini’s experience will help IFAD to further its investments that support sustainable agricultural development and address the pressing issues of climate change and food security.