María Eugenia (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.