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.

"The U.S. should let in 100,000 Syrian refugees"

At the Intelligence Squared Debates on Jan. 13, David Miliband defended the proposal to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees in the United States. Watch the full debate »


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In the Media

February 11, 2016 - The National
This year’s big Syria aid conference has come and gone and it arguably did more than simply meet monetary targets. Held in London for the first time rather than in Kuwait, the...
February 4, 2016 - Harrow Times
Former foreign secretary David Miliband, who now heads the International Rescue Committee, said: "Syrians are facing a war without law and a war without end."The latest harrowing...
February 4, 2016 - The Guardian
The International Rescue Committee added its call for donors to commit new money to support the 2016-17 UN refugee and resilience plans and the Syrian humanitarian...