David Nabarro

David Nabarro

Strategic Director, 4SD
Term date: since 2016
United Kingdom


Dr David Nabarro is Co-lead of the Food Workstream of the UN Secretary General’s UN Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance and Special Envoy on Covid-19 for the World Health Organization.

Dr. Nabarro has served as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition and Coordinator of the Scale up Nutrition Movement. He also served as Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Pandemic Influenza. He was Coordinator of the UN system’s High-Level Task Force on the Food Security Crisis for five years, beginning in 2009.

Previously he served at WHO headquarters in Geneva as the director of the WHO Department for Health Action in Crisis, Executive Director in the office of former WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland and Director of WHO’s Roll Back Malaria Department.

In his early career he worked on child health and nutrition programmes for Save the Children in Iraq, South Asia and East Africa; taught for six years at the London and Liverpool Schools of Tropical Medicine; and served as Chief Health and Population Adviser to the British Government’s Overseas Development Administration and as Director for Human Development in the UK Department for International Development (DFID). A physician who studied at Oxford and London Universities, Dr Nabarro holds a Masters’ degree in reproductive endocrinology and public health.