Rt Hon David Miliband

David Miliband is the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.


He oversees the agency’s humanitarian operations in over 30 countries, its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States, and the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Miliband had a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom over 15 years. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the 74th Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world. As Secretary of State for the Environment in 2005/6 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”.  Miliband was previously Minister for Schools (2002–2004). From 2001-2013 he was Member of Parliament for South Shields. He was Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Commission from 2012 – 2016.

In 2016 Miliband was named by Fortune magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in its annual list of leaders in business, government, philanthropy and the arts.  He is a recipient of the Eisenhower Award, and has honorary degrees from the New School for Social Research and the American University in Cairo.

Miliband graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.  He 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 were refugees from Belgium and Poland to the UK in the 1940s. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC’s work.


David Miliband at TED 2017.