David Nabarro

Senior Advisor – Food Systems Summit

David Nabarro secured his medical qualification in 1974 and has worked in over 50 countries – in communities and hospitals, governments, civil society, universities and in United Nations programmes. David served in the British Government in the 1990s – ending up as head of Health and Population and Director for Human Development in the Department for International Development. David joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in January 1999: his responsibilities covered Malaria, AIDS and TB, and responses to crises. He then moved to the office of the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as Assistant Secretary-General. Initially he was responsible for coordinating UN system responses to avian and pandemic influenza: from 2008 he coordinated UN system action on food insecurity, from 2010 he coordinated the Movement to Scale Up Nutrition, from 2014 he served as the former UN Secretary-General’s Envoy for the West Africa Ebola outbreak and Under-Secretary-General. From 2016 he worked as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Cholera in Haiti. He left the UN at the end of June 2017. He now advises and facilitates for sustainable development from a base near Geneva, Switzerland.

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