David Nabarro

Adviser for Sustainability

4SD - Skills, Systems & Synergies for Sustainable Development


David Nabarro secured his medical qualification in 1974 and has worked in over 50 countries – in communities and hospitals, governments, civil society, universities and in United Nations programmes. David served in the British Government in the 1990s - ending up as head of Health and Population and Director for Human Development in the Department for International Development. David joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in January 1999: his responsibilities covered Malaria, AIDS and TB, and responses to crises. He then moved to the office of the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as Assistant Secretary-General. Initially he was responsible for coordinating UN system responses to avian and pandemic influenza: from 2008 he coordinated UN system action on food insecurity, from 2010 he coordinated the Movement to Scale Up Nutrition, from 2014 he served as the former UN Secretary-General’s Envoy for the West Africa Ebola outbreak and Under-Secretary- General. From 2016 he worked as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Cholera in Haiti. His service with the UN ended in June 2017. Through his social enterprise 4SD, which is based in Switzerland, he now supports systems leadership for sustainable development and advises on global health issues from the perspective of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

1 FEB, 2018 13:30-14-30 hrs. PL1 Leadership Needed for Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century