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. For the past 10 years, has worked with influential leaders and on-the-ground programme managers in more than 100 countries on projects to foster peace, reconciliation and economic progress. Has also helped strengthen cooperation and communication among the business, political and non-governmental sectors in regions of long-standing political, ethnic and religious tensions.