International Rescue Committee (IRC)

David Miliband

David Miliband is the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. He oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 40 countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States. In addition, he leads the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington, Geneva, Brussels and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Miliband has had a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the youngest U.K. 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 he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. 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.

Earlier Miliband was Minister for Communities and Local Government (2005–2006); 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. He is Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Commission.

Miliband graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first class degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and received his master’s degree 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 fled from their home in Belgium to England in the 1940s. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC's work.


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Latest from David Miliband

March 30, 2015
David Miliband, IRC President and CEO, presents the IRC annual report for 2014, a year in which the IRC provided vital aid to a record 17.6 million vulnerable people around the world.
March 3, 2015
"I am delighted to contribute to this important conference. I congratulate the EU on this initiative and its commitment to West Africa. The International Rescue Committee is proud...

In the Media

April 24, 2015 - Horizons
To be asked to set out the humanitarian situation in Syria (and, necessarily now, Iraq) is to be asked to describe extraordinary heroism and appalling failure, great valor and huge...
April 24, 2015 - TIME Magazine
The word hero is overused and misused. The story of Mustafa Hassan, an aid worker from Sudan, and his work as a child-protection manager at the International Rescue Committee shows...
April 17, 2015 - Al Jazeera
The lessons the international community should be learning now in Lebanon, 40 years after the start of the civil war.