Former German development executive joins United Nations agency, IFAD, as Vice-President

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Cornelia Richter, a German national and former Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today as Vice-President.
In her new role, Richter will provide strategic direction to IFAD, promote corporate approaches and solutions, and will oversee the budget, quality assurance and ethics offices.
IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. Seventy-five per cent of the world’s poorest people – 1.4 billion women, children and men – live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods.
“At such a crucial moment as we look to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, I am excited and honoured for this leadership opportunity to support IFAD’s unique mandate both as an international financing institution and United Nations agency focusing on rural development,” Richter said.