David Nussbaum appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Elders

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David Nussbaum appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Elders

The Elders Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of David Nussbaum as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As CEO, David will manage the London-based Secretariat and lead the work of the organisation. He will take up his appointment in October.

David is currently Chief Executive of WWF-UK. WWF is the leading global environmental organisation which operates in some 100 countries. He has held this post since 2007.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:

“After a rigorous and extensive global search, I am very pleased to be able to announce David’s appointment. He has distinguished experience in the management of not-for-profit organisations and is a real leader in the field of international development. My fellow Elders and I look forward to working with him.”

A British citizen, David graduated from Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities where he studied theology. He spent the early part of his career in the finance sector before moving to the not-for-profit sector in 1997.

Starting at Oxfam, he became a Deputy Chief Executive and also served as interim head of its India programme. He then moved to Transparency International at its International Secretariat in Berlin, from 2002-2007 where he was Chief Executive. David also holds a number of advisory and non-executive director positions in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

David said:

“It is with absolute delight that I look forward to joining The Elders. I’ve followed the lives of a number of them with admiration for many years, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to have the chance to support them directly in their work. In today’s global society – with so many complex challenges – I’m convinced that the role the Elders can play is increasingly both relevant and needed. I will be working with the Elders and the Secretariat team as we continue to build upon past interventions to make a positive difference to the future of our shared world.”

David succeeds Lesley-Anne Knight who retired as CEO of The Elders in March 2016. Andrew Whitley will continue to act as Interim CEO until David assumes the position.

About The Elders

The Elders are independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. The group was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan (Chair), Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Harlem Brundtland (Deputy Chair), Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Hina JilaniGraça MachelMary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo.

Desmond Tutu is an honorary Elder.

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For biographies of the Elders, blogs, photos, videos and more information about their work please go to www.theElders.org.


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