David Nussbaum: The World’s Big Problems – Is Business a Player or a Passenger?
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Please join us for this year’s Annual Lecture to be given by David Nussbaum. David’s talk is entitled The World’s Big Problems: is Business a Player or a Passenger?
David Nussbaum is Chief Executive at The Elders - an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights, founded by Nelson Mandela and now chaired by Kofi Annan.
David’s varied career started as a trainee CA with Price Waterhouse, moved through venture capital and a manufacturing flotation, to NGOs such as Oxfam, WWF and Transparency International. He is also a member of the Board of the International Integrated Reporting Council. Unusually, David has two degrees in theology, one in finance, and an honorary doctorate.
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Chief Executive, The Elders
David became Chief Executive at The Elders in October 2016. The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights, founded by Nelson Mandela and now chaired by Kofi Annan.
Prior to that, David was Chief Executive of WWF-UK from 2007 and chaired WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative. He is also non-executive Chair of Transparency International UK, and a member of the Board of the IIRC.
David originally qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse, moved into venture capital with 3i, and then into manufacturing, latterly as FD of Field Group plc through its management buyout and subsequent successful flotation.
He joined Oxfam in 1997 as FD and a Deputy CEO and was later seconded to head up Oxfam’s operations in India. In 2002 David joined Transparency International, the leading global anti-corruption organisation, as Chief Executive based in Berlin.
David has also been non-executive Chair of Traidcraft plc, and a non-executive director of Low Carbon Accelerator and of Shared Interest.
David has two degrees in theology, one in finance, and an honorary doctorate. He and his wife have four adult children and live in the UK.
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