David Nabarro

Born in London on August 26th 1949, David Nabarro studied at Oxford and London Universities and qualified as a physician in 1973. After a short period in the UK National Health Service he worked for six years in child health and nutrition programmes in Iraq, South Asia and East Africa, taught for six years at the London and Liverpool Schools of Tropical Medicine, served as Chief Health and Population Adviser to the British Government’s Overseas Development Administration and in 1997 became Director for Human Development in the UK Department for International Development (DFID). In 1999 he was selected to lead Roll Back Malaria at the World Health Organization (WHO). Within two years he was appointed Executive Director and two years later was asked to lead WHO’s Department for Health Action in Crises, coordinating worldwide support for health aspects of crises preparedness, response and recovery. In September 2005 Dr. Nabarro joined the office of the UN Secretary General as Senior Coordinator for Avian and Pandemic Influenza.

In January 2009 he was given the additional responsibility of coordinating the UN system’s High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis; in October 2009 he was nominated as the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition and – in December 2011 – he was appointed Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.

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