The Elders Foundation has announced the appointment of David Nussbaum as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As CEO, David will manage the London-based Secretariat and lead the work of the organisation. He will take up his appointment in October.
David is currently Chief Executive of WWF-UK. WWF is the leading global environmental organisation which operates in some 100 countries. He has held this post since 2007.
Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:
“After a rigorous and extensive global search, I am very pleased to be able to announce David’s appointment. He has distinguished experience in the management of not-for-profit organisations and is a real leader in the field of international development. My fellow Elders and I look forward to working with him.”
A British citizen, David graduated from Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities where he studied theology. He spent the early part of his career in the finance sector before moving to the not-for-profit sector in 1997.
Starting at Oxfam, he became a Deputy Chief Executive and also served as interim head of its India programme. He then moved to Transparency International at its International Secretariat in Berlin, from 2002-2007 where he was Chief Executive. David also holds a number of advisory and non-executive director positions in the commercial and not-for- profit sectors.
“It is with absolute delight that I look forward to joining The Elders. I’ve followed the lives of a number of them with admiration for many years, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to have the chance to support them directly in their work. In today’s global society – with so many complex challenges – I’m convinced that the role the Elders can play is increasingly both relevant and needed. I will be working with the Elders and the Secretariat team as we continue to build upon past interventions to make a positive difference to the future of our shared world.”
David succeeds Lesley-Anne Knight who retired as CEO of The Elders in March 2016. Andrew Whitley will continue to act as Interim CEO until David assumes the position.