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UNICEF Canada Appoints Leading Humanitarian and Children’s Rights Advocate, David Morley, as President and CEO


Toronto, ON, March 14, 2011: UNICEF Canada’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of David Morley as President and CEO, UNICEF Canada, effective March 14, 2011. Morley replaces Nigel Fisher who was asked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue his innovative humanitarian and development work in Haiti and act as his Deputy Special Representative, Ad Interim, for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

Morley, who has more than 30 years of international development and children’s rights service joins UNICEF, the world’s leading child-focused humanitarian and development agency, at a time when the world is tackling unprecedented humanitarian challenges. Last year, UNICEF responded to at least 290 humanitarian situations in 98 countries, affecting millions of people. Morley’s extensive international experience in community development and humanitarian projects will greatly assist UNICEF worldwide. Morley will lead UNICEF Canada’s dedicated staff in their continued mission to, through innovative programs and advocacy work, save children’s lives and secure their rights in virtually every country.

A passionate leader, children’s champion and author, David Morley comes to UNICEF from Save the Children Canada where he was President and CEO from 2006 to 2011.  In 2005 he was chosen by the Right Hon. Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul to serve as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.  He also held leadership roles at MSF Canada where he was Executive Director from 1998 to 2005 and from 1980 to 1998 he was Executive Director of Pueblito, a Canadian/Latin American NGO, which promotes the rights and well-being of children.

Morley’s ardent commitment to improving the lives of children began in 1978 when he volunteered with street children in Costa Rica. During his not-for-profit career spanning decades, he has raised funds, advocated for and effected positive change for thousands of the world’s most vulnerable children. His work in the field is also vast, assisting in humanitarian projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Brazil. 

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, as President of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, and is currently a Board Member of The Humanitarian Coalition. He is also a celebrated writer, his most recent book, Healing Our World: Inside Doctors without Borders was released in 2007 in Canada, South Korea, and the United States, where it has won a number of awards.


UNICEF is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian and development agency. Through innovative programs and advocacy work, we save children's lives and secure their rights in virtually every country. Our global reach, unparalleled influence on policymakers, and diverse partnerships make us an instrumental force in shaping a world in which no child dies of a preventable cause. UNICEF is entirely supported by voluntary donations and helps all children, regardless of race, religion or politics. For more information about UNICEF, please visit

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