David Beasley

Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Bachelor's degree, Clemson University; Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, University of South Carolina. Public service and business career spanning more than four decades. First elected to public office at the age of 21 as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. 1995-99, Governor of South Carolina. First Governor in South Carolina to call for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the state capitol building, a stand that earned him the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Has worked across political, religious and ethnic lines to champion economic development, humanitarian assistance, education, and intercultural and interfaith cooperation. Currently, Executive Director, World Food Programme, David Beasley continues his life’s work bridging political, religious and ethnic boundaries to champion economic development and education. At WFP, Mr. Beasley is putting to use four decades of leadership and communications skills to mobilize more financial support and public awareness for the global fight against hunger. These efforts were recognized this year when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded WFP the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.