Rt Hon. David Miliband
President and CEO
International Rescue Committee
David Miliband is the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). He oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in more than 30 countries as well as its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States. Additionally, he manages the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and other capital cities on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Miliband enjoyed a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom for more than 15 years. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the youngest foreign secretary in three decades, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world. As secretary of state for the environment in 2005 and 2006, he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s words, as “one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time.”
Previously, Miliband served as the minister for schools (2002–2004) and head of Downing Street’s Number 10 Policy Unit (1997–2001). He has also been a member of Parliament representing South Shields. More recently, he was co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission from 2012 to 2016.
Miliband graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first-class degree in philosophy, politics and economics. He received his master’s in political science in 1989 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Kennedy Scholar. He is married to the violinist Louise Shackelton, and they have two sons.
Miliband’s parents were refugees from Belgium and Poland to the United Kingdom in the 1940s. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC’s work.