Ms. Karl started her career in the private sector as a Management Consultant with a focus on redesigning business operations in the US private banking and real estate sectors.
Ms. Karl moved to UNDP in 1988, starting as a management support and training officer in the Personnel division in New York. She has occupied management positions in UNDP Mali and Cambodia where she led programmes in local development finance, decentralisation, small and medium enterprise development, demining, and crisis response.
Ms. Karl served for six years as the head of strategy and policy for Crisis prevention and recovery, was the Deputy Director of UNDP’s Washington Liaison office, and served five years as head of UNDP’s operational performance group.
Ms. Karl joined UNCDF as Executive Secretary in August 2014. As Executive Secretary of UNCDF, Ms. Karl provides organizational leadership and management and sets UNCDF's strategic direction and goals. She directs and leads UNCDF in implementing decisions and resolutions adopted by the Executive Board, ECOSOC, and the General Assembly as they relate to UNCDF.
Ms. Karl is supported by UNCDF's Management Team.