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David Nabarro

Special Representative of Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition, United Nations

David Nabarro was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his special representative on food security and nutrition. He coordinates the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF) chaired by the Secretary General and as special representative. David has more than 30 years’ experience of public health, nutrition and development work at country, regional and global levels, and has held positions in nongovernmental organizations, universities, national Governments and in the United Nations. In 1999, David was selected to lead the Roll Back Malaria initiative 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 2005, Dr. Nabarro joined the office of the United Nations Secretary-General as senior coordinator for Avian and Pandemic Influenza. In 2009, he coordinated the United Nations system’s High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis. Later that year, the UN Secretary-General nominated David Nabarro as his special representative for food security and nutrition and — in December 2011 — requested him to serve as coordinator for the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. In August 2014 Dr. David Nabarro was designated as Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, with the responsibility for ensuring that the United Nations system makes an effective and coordinated contribution to the global effort to control the outbreak of Ebola.