The Joint SDG Fund encompasses a team of UN Agencies, Resident Coordinator Offices, and Partners in 100+ countries implementing joint programmes at country level. These United Nations Country Teams are monumental in making a difference in the lives the most vulnerable and their strength is the true muscle of the Joint SDG Fund.


Lisa Kurbiel

Head of Secretariat, Joint SDG Fund

As Head of the Joint SDG Fund, Lisa Kurbiel promotes partnerships with Governments, UN entities, civil society, academia and the private sector to design and implement integrated policy approaches and financing vehicles to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. She previously served as UNICEF Chief of Advocacy and Partnerships in Kenya and UNICEF Social Policy Specialist in Somalia and Mozambique.


Vivalda Poggiali

Programme Specialist, Joint SDG Fund

Vivalda works for the United Nations Joint SDG Fund as External Relations and Resource Mobilization specialist. She is the lead focal point in managing the Fund’s relations with current and perspective donors. Before joining the Fund, she worked at the United Nations Development Coordination Office in New York as program analyst in Funding and Financing. Previously worked with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN DESA and the European Union in Somalia, Kenya and Namibia.

Nenad Rava Phd/MDes

Head of Programmes, Joint SDG Fund

Nenad (Ned) Rava has 20+ years of professional experience in Strategic Development focusing on Systemic Design, Strategic Foresight, Social Innovation, Policy and Institutional Change, Learning, Leadership and Stakeholder Dialogue. He has facilitated complex systems change on 60+ initiatives led by, amongst other, the UN, the World Bank, and the EU. Ned works on coherence and integration across “silos” and has contributed to: Business Innovation (Platforms, Incubators, Labs, SMEs, Social Enterprises), Social Policy (Education, Healthcare, Social Protection), Public Administration Reform and Decentralization, Local Economic and Community Development, International and Regional Cooperation, and Democratic Governance.

Ned has BSC in Management, MA and PhD in Comparative politics, and Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. He has produced 50+ strategic publications and designed and delivered over 100 training and educational programs.  Most recently, Ned published a chapter on Systemic Policy Design in the “Handbook of Systems Sciences” in 2020 and the chapter on Platforming Methodology will feature in the forthcoming “Dynamic Future-Proofing: Integrating Disruption in Everyday Business”.

Massimiliano Riva

Investment Advisor, Joint SDG Fund
Massimiliano Riva

Max is responsible for contributing to the United Nations work on sustainable and innovative finance. In late 2019 he joined the Joint SDG Fund as Investment Advisor to set up new approaches and schemes that can result in better and higher financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There he manages one of the largest UN grant facilities in support of SDG finance in developing countries. Max is a sustainable finance advisor by background, with +15 years of experience in the public and private sector. He accumulated expertise in areas such as guarantees, inclusive finance, export credit, impact investing, green/SDG bonds and sector resource mobilization strategies. In his career he facilitated a wide range of partnerships on sustainable trade and finance, providing advisory services on the ground to +30 countries-across all continents. He co-authored several publications on the same. Max has a Master in Economics and International Policies from ASERI and a Degree in Economics from the Bocconi University. Max is keen to meet and collaborate with colleagues and partners to unlock much needed resources for sustainable development and trigger a more efficient, effective and equitable allocation of resources in-countries.

Elizabeth Paturzo

Head of Communications, Joint SDG Fund
Elizabeth Paturzo

Elizabeth works for the United Nations Joint SDG Fund in communications by advocating and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. She is the lead focal point in communications for 96 joint programmes. Before joining the Fund, she worked at UNICEF Kenya as a communications specialist in the communications, advocacy and partnerships section. Previously worked with UNICEF USA in events fundraising and logistics. She worked emergency response in Greece during the refugee crisis.   

Elaine Smith Genser

Partnership Development Consultant, Joint SDG Fund
Elaine Smith Genser

Elaine works at the United Nations Joint SDG Fund on engagement and partnerships development. Before working in the social sector in 2011, she worked for 20years as a trader and research sales manager at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan. In 2013 she was elected Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum. She holds a BBA from Univ. Mackenzie, an MBA from Univ. Sao Paulo-FIA, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program (OPM). She completed executive programs in leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Gov't, Yale School of Mgm't, and Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

Elaine was the Manager of the Global Future Council of Financial and Monetary Systems and was Community Lead for Banking and Capital Markets at the World Economic Forum from 2015-2018. Then, she worked two years at the World Bank Group in the Global Engagement & Partnerships, advising on the development and implementation of strategy and contributing to the thinking and formulation of financial vehicles for corporate partnerships and philanthropy. She also consulted with the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) on efforts to highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Women Owned Business.    

Nomindari Enkthur

Portfolio Management Consultant (Asia, Europe, Middle East), SDG Finance

Nomindari (Nomie) is a young professional primarily concerned about the role of financial sector mobilization in sustainable development. She joined the UN Joint SDG Fund in March 2020 as Portfolio Management Consultant with the main role to support a portfolio of 40 countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa in their implementation and monitoring of SDG financing-focused joint programmes. Before joining the Fund, she served as CEO of the Mongolian Sustainable Finance Association. Since 2013, she closely worked with policy makers and international partners to help banks in Mongolia and Cambodia integrate sustainability considerations into their lending decisions and product design. Besides, she worked as a consultant with IFC, UNEP, UNICEF, GIZ and Partners Group on a number of projects related to portfolio emissions calculation, green taxonomy development, green finance mobilization, ESG integration, and capacity building. For her contribution in sustainable development, she was recognized by the European Commission as one of the Global Young Leaders for Development of 2017. In 2018, she was also selected as one of the 5 young sustainable business innovators by the Business for Peace Foundation. Nomindari holds a master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in New York and is a Fulbright Awardee.

Maria Eduarda Berenguer

Portfolio Management Consultant (Africa and Latin America), SDG Finance
Maria Berenguer

Brazilian native, currently living in Paris where I recently graduated from my Master in Environmental Policy at SciencesPo. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and before coming to France I had the opportunity to work for the private sector in Brazil and for the Inter-American Development Bank in Barbados.  At the IDB I specially supported projects, across Latin American and the Caribbean, to leverage finance for MSMEs and low-income households to build resilience to climate change.  During my last work experience with the Institute for Climate Economics in Paris I managed research projects focused on the role of financial regulation in supporting the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Heidi Simpson

Portfolio Management Consultant, SDG Finance
Heidi Simpson

Heidi is fully committed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is eager to, through her position at the Joint SDG Fund, collaborate with colleagues and partners to achieve this goal. In 2019 she joined the Joint SDG Fund as a law student intern. She transitioned to a position as a Portfolio Management Associate in 2020. In her role, she provides support to countries as they implement grants from the Joint SDG Fund in an effort to create a more sustainable world by 2030. Throughout her career she has been an advocate for human rights in two continents, with a special focus in improving human rights conditions in North Korea. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Linguistics from Tulane University. She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law with an expected graduation date of 2021. She is also the Executive Articles Editor of the New York International Law Review and has published several recent decision articles. 

Heewoong Kim

Reporting & Evaluation Specialist, Joint SDG Fund

Heew Kim is the Reporting & Evaluation Specialist in charge of M&E and result data analysis/reporting at the Joint SDG Fund. Before joining the Joint Fund, he served as corporate RBM specialist at UNCDF leading design of its Strategic Framework and investment impact measurements as well as managing corporate monitoring and reporting to the UNDP Executive Board. Prior to this, Heew worked as programme specialist at UNDP Egypt leading the Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Livelihoods portfolio and also serving as country resilience focal point for the joint UN response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Heew also worked with the Korean National Commission for UNESCO managing an Asia-Pacific regional ODA fund for education development, as a political and economic risk analyst with a UK-based risk assessment firm in London, and as an intelligence officer with the South Korean military, including a tour in Iraq with the multi-national peacebuilding force in Erbil. Heew has master’s degrees in International Affairs from the London School of Economics (LSE), UK and from Peking University, China, and an undergraduate degree from Korea University.

Maya V. Márquez

Portfolio Management Consultant, Joint SDG Fund
Maya V. Márquez

Maya supports the monitoring of the Integrated Social Protection/Leave No One Behind (LNOB) portfolio of the Joint SDG Fund. She has worked for the International Social Security Association (ISSA) with joint projects with the social protection department for the ILO. Previously, she worked on RCT projects for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Rwanda and Colombia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala) and an MSc in Public Policy with a focus on social protection design and financing (Maastricht University, The Netherlands).

Deqa Jama

Social Media Consultant, Joint SDG Fund

Deqa Jama is a communications professional with over seven years of experience using a diversified skill set covering concept work; campaign management; digital analysis; integrated messaging strategy; and partnerships, stakeholders and audience engagement and management. Having spent the last three years in policy, advocacy and global development, Deqa has most recently worked in communications for policy and research at the International Growth Centre, a global development economics research at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining the IGC, she worked for UN-Habitat Somalia, Unicef Kenya and Unicef Eastern and Southern Africa. Her areas of interest include human rights and social impact.   

Christoph Majewski

Web-Development Consultant, Joint SDG Fund
Christoph Majewski

Christoph has 17+ years of professional experience as a Full-Stack-Webdeveloper and Web-Designer. He has served as a consultant with the UNDP since 2012 and provided web-programming services for the MDG Achievement Fund, Sustainable Development Goals Fund and the Joint SDG Fund. Christoph is responsible for the  development and design of the corporate digital platforms, monitoring and reporting gateways and the digital communication campaign websites.

Vicky Aridi

Youth Engagement Consultant, Joint SDG Fund

Vicky Aridi served as the Youth Liaison and Advocacy Officer at John Snow Inc where she was the head of the youth program for Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia and the head of the shadow youth board. Previously the Project Officer and Advisor for Africa where she was leading and coordinating projects in 150 countries across the globe on the SDGs and youth engagement for United Nations SDSN Youth. Specifically as the SDG Coordinator in Kenya for UN SDSN Youth and a UNICEF Kenya Youth Advocate. She is the Co-Founder of the Tim Aridi Foundation and the Policy Act Initiative. She has led research projects on the SDGs for leading organizations in Africa such as Microsoft, Agency for Disability and Development in Africa and United Nations Environment Programme. Obtains a Law Degree and currently awarded the Top 100 Most Inspiring Young Africans 2021, She Can Award 2020 and the Champion for COVID19 Award by Amref Health Africa and Y-Act.

Vittoria Gemelli

Associate Expert

Vittoria is an Associate Expert at the Joint SDG Fund, working on strengthening interagency cooperation and furthering the implementation of the UN Development System reforms. She has previously worked on health and development with the World Health Organization for the region of Europe and Central Asia, and in Kenya and Somalia with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vittoria holds a BSC in Political and Social Sciences and is specialized with a MA in international policies for sustainable development cooperation and a MSC in urban management and development.