Bernardin Assiene, Cameroonian is a Senior International Civil Servant of the United Nations. Since April 1, 2021, he has held the position of Director of Oversight (Inspector General) of a leading United Nations specialized agency and he is a member of the agency’s Executive Management Group.
Before taking up his current duties, he was respectively Director of Department and a Deputy to the Inspector General of the Global Fund in Geneva, and prior to that, Director of Inspection and Investigations at the UN World Food Program in Rome (Italy), from 2014 to 2018. His career as a senior international civil servant began in May 2010 at GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, where he was the first to serve as Director of the Fiduciary Oversight Department that he created, and in this capacity, he developed the organization’s framework, tools and systems for fiduciary management and oversight. Before becoming an international civil servant, Bernardin held executive level responsibilities in the private sector, notably Managing Director of CODESCA (Switzerland) S.A., the operational holding company of the Mimran Group in Geneva, concurrently with the functions of Controller General of the Group. Prior to this and between 2000 a 2010, he was Director of Internal Audit and Compliance for IPS West Africa (Aga Khan Group), Regional Manager of Internal Audit for British American Tobacco Group Francophone Africa, West and Central African Region, Director of Internal Audit for the CICAM Group (DMC, Dollfus Mieg & Cie Group, France), and a Corporate Internal Audit of the Mobil Oil Group. His professional career began as an Auditor and Management Consultant in Cameroon with Baker Tilly Afrique Audit Conseil, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, from 1994 to 1998.
Bernardin Assiene is recognized by his peers as one of the main international experts in financial and management oversight, transparency and accountability, governance, integrity, and risk management.
Bernardin Assiene holds an MBA in innovation and technology management from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, a master’s degree in Management and Public Administration from the University of West Brittany in Brest (France), a master’s degree in Geopolitics and Foresight from the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) in Paris (France), and a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Yaounde? (Cameroon). He holds numerous certificates including a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential, from the ACFE (USA).