Thomas Asare
Position: Assistant Secretary-General
Institution: World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
Graduation Class: 1993
Thomas Asare ,Comptroller and Director, Division of Financial and Administrative Management - UNICEF Thomas Asare has been serving as the Comptroller and Director of the Division of Financial and Administrative Management at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) headquarters in New York since 2015. In this role, he provides strategic guidance and oversight of the organization's global financial management, fiduciary management, administrative services, and operational management. Mr. Asare is a finance and development executive with over 25 years of experience. He has spearheaded and revitalized financial and operational management globally, collaborated with multi-constituency governance structures, engaged with governments, and partnered with international organizations to craft and implement crucial development strategies to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable population. Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Asare held key positions in financial management, program planning, management advisory, and assurance services while collaborating with various international development organizations across Africa and Asia. These organizations included the African Capacity Building Foundation (A specialized Agency of the African Union), USAID/West Africa Regional Office, and the CGIAR in Malaysia. He previously also served as an Assistant Auditor-General of the Ghana Audit Service. Mr. Asare is currently a PhD Candidate in Financial Governance at the University of South Africa. He pursued his professional accountancy studies at the University of Professional Studies, Accra, in Ghana. He holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Northampton and a Master of Science in Audit and Consultancy from Birmingham City University, both in the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). He holds several other certifications and memberships, including membership in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), and the CFA Institute. He is also a certified member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), a Certified Member of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM, UK), and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).