Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Bassiouni Group • Former Diplomat, South Sudan Government • Former UN and UNICEF Representative
2021 Speaker

New York City

Dr. David S. Bassiouni is the chairman and chief executive officer of The Bassiouni Group, leading the company’s mission to empower global institutions and communities in the developing world through sustainable development, strategic public/private partnerships and socially responsible investment.    

A former government official/minister, diplomat and international development veteran, he served in senior positions at the United Nations for more than 20 years. Dr. Bassiouni marked an important milestone in UN history by becoming the first-ever humanitarian coordinator and the only coordinator directly appointed by the secretary-general and the security council. He has also served as the UNICEF representative in Somalia, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Maldives and Bangladesh and in senior government positions, including regional minister of agriculture in the Sudan. 

Dr. Bassiouni is a graduate in veterinary medicine from Khartoum University, Sudan. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Parvin Fellowship from Princeton University. He sits on the boards of the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation, International Institute for Rural Reconstruction and Global Humanitarian Forum.