International Rescue Committee (IRC)

David Miliband

David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he oversees the agency’s humanitarian relief operations in more than 30 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in 25 United States cities.

Under Miliband’s leadership, the IRC has expanded its ability to rapidly respond to humanitarian crises and meet the needs of an unprecedented number of people uprooted by conflict, war and disaster. The organization is implementing an ambitious global strategy to bring clear outcomes, strong evidence and systematic research to the humanitarian programs through collaborative partnerships with the public and private sectors.

From 2007 to 2010, Miliband was the 74th Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, driving advancements in human rights and representing the U.K. throughout the world. In 2006, as Secretary of State for the Environment, he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements.  He was Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013.

Miliband graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first class honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and received a master’s degree in political science in 1989 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Kennedy Scholar.

His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton's words, as "one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time," and as an effective and passionate advocate for the world's uprooted and poor people.

Miliband’s parents fled to Britain from continental Europe during World War II and its aftermath. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC's work. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Louise Shackelton, and their two sons.



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Latest from David Miliband

November 6, 2015
● Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa honored with the IRC’s Freedom Award ● Long time IRC board member and supporter, Josh Weston honored with the...
October 28, 2015
The International Rescue Committee will host its annual Freedom Award Dinner to support the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world on Wednesday, November 4,...

In the Media

November 25, 2015 - TIME
Friday’s horrific terrorist assault on Paris—a day after an equally depraved double suicide attack in Beirut—has shaken Europe. It comes as the continent struggles to cope with an...
November 25, 2015 - Bloomberg
International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband discusses the plight of Syrian refugees and some U.S. governors plans to ban them from entering their states. Miliband speaks on "...
November 25, 2015 - NPR
The possibility that at least one of the suicide bombers in Paris came into France as a refugee has prompted a backlash against refugees. Many U.S. governors now say they oppose...