Dr Howard Taylor is Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, a UN-hosted initiative to end all forms of violence against every child, wherever in the world they live.
Howard is passionate about positive social change at scale. He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US, where he has led a global corporate foundation, established a creative social enterprise, and built government teams – all to measurably improve the lives of millions of people.
As Vice-President and Managing Director of the Nike Foundation, Howard led the development and delivery of the foundation's strategy, programmes, partnerships and advocacy. He was the driving force behind the successful spin-out of Girl Effect as an independent, creative social business that uses branded mass and social media, technology and data to change behaviours and tackle negative social norms.
Prior to Nike, Howard held senior roles across the UK Government, including at the Department for International Development (DFID), Cabinet Office and Foreign Office. He was Chief of Staff to two Secretaries of State for International Development, and led DFID’s largest country programmes, in India and Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, he co-chaired the Development Assistance Group, responsible for co-ordinating the most impactful investment of over $3 billion/year of official development assistance to Ethiopia.
Howard is on the European Board of Mercy Corps. He is married with two children, and enjoys sports, arts, politics, and pursuing inspirational ideas that can change the world.
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