David Bull joined the United Nations Children’s Fund as Executive Director of the UK Committee in September 1999. Since then UNICEF UK’s voluntary income has more than trebled and the charity has positioned itself as an advocate for the world’s children through a series of campaigns focusing on maternal health, poverty, conflict, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. Recent initiatives include the children’s parallel G8 summit, the Rights Respecting School Award programme and advocacy for Child Wellbeing in the UK.
Since joining UNICEF UK, Mr Bull has visited UNICEF development and emergency programmes in many countries, including Sudan (Darfur), Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Iran, Sri Lanka (Tsunami emergency), Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Bosnia, Kosovo, Laos, Cambodia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Jordan, Egypt, the Philippines and Somalia.
Mr Bull was previously Director of Amnesty International’s UK Section (1990-1999). From 1987-1990 he was General Secretary of the World University Service (UK) and prior to that he was Executive Director of the Environment Liaison Centre in Kenya (1984-87) and Public Affairs Officer at Oxfam (1979-1984). He was a founder of the Pesticides Action Network (PAN) and he is the author of ‘A Growing Problem: Pesticides and Third World Poor’ (1982) and ‘Kampuchea: the Poverty of Diplomacy’. He has been a Trustee of PAN UK and of the Refugee Council, and is an observer member of the FTSE4Good Policy Committee. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Development Studies and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Bath.