Ban Ki-Moon Names Mexico’s María Eugenia Casar United Nations Secretary-General Assistant

Ban Ki-moon.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Reuters

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of María Eugenia Casar of Mexico as Assistant Secretary-General, Controller, Office of Programme Planning, Budgets and Accounts, Department of Management.  Ms. Casar will replace Jun Yamazaki. According to a statement, "the Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Yamazaki’s dedicated service as Controller and for his strong sense of professionalism and commitment to the ideals of the Organization."

María Eugenia Casar "brings with her wide-ranging experience in senior financial management positions in both the private and public sectors," said the United Nations statement, "including academia, focusing on delivering results and overseeing major reforms leading to improved effectiveness." Casar has served as the Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Accountability, and Chief Financial Officer in the World Food Programme (WFP) since 2009. 

Previous to that she was the National Treasurer of Mexico.  She has also held other positions in WFP such as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of Finance and Budget and in the Government of Mexico as CFO of the Banco Nacional de Servicios Financieros, and has further experience as the Deputy General Director in the Ministry of Finance and Deputy Vice-President of the National Banking Commission. She is the author of several financial publications and was the Head of the School of Accounting and Management at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo of Mexico.

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine ( and Musee Magazine.