Economic Affairs Officer

Mathieu Verougstraete is a development finance expert with more than 15 years of experience in financing the private sector and infrastructure development, across many developing regions (Central, South and South-East Asia, Northern Africa, Europe, Eastern Europe, The Pacific). He currently advises government on ways to reorient private finance flows towards more sustainable investments and conducts research on standards/labels for sustainable financial products and impact measurement of ESG/sustainable investing. He leads the related chapter of the UN flagship report on “Financing for Sustainable Development” produced by an Inter-Agency Task Force to which almost 60 agencies contribute, including the five major stakeholders (UNCTAD, UNDP, World Bank Group, IMF and UNDP). This report provides concrete recommendations for member states consideration at the annual ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development. He previously supported governments in Asia and the Pacific in implementing measures to efficiently involve the private sector in infrastructure development (for instance by developing training materials for capacity building, providing policy advocacy and conducting PPP readiness assessments). Mathieu Verougstraete has a large experience in banking and infrastructure financing. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mathieu Verougstraete worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Commission (EC) and a private finance institution (ING Bank). He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Engineering from UCL (Louvain) and an Advanced Master’s Degree in Economics from ULB (Brussels).