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David Wightwick

Chair of the Board & Humanitarian Advisor

David Wightwick

David has 20 years of experience working in over 28 countries across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. David is currently the CEO of UK-Med.

Prior to joining UK-Med David was Health Director at GOAL and held several roles with Save the Children including Deputy Humanitarian Director of Operations, Head of Emergency Capacity Building & Preparedness, Response Adviser and Team Leader for major emergencies. From 2001-2006 David worked for Merlin, starting as Regional Operations Manager for East and Central Africa before moving on to become the organisation's Operations Director where he co-ordinated a number of successful emergency responses, including the South Asia Tsunami response and established the Merlin intern training programme.

David’s areas of expertise include humanitarian policy, strategy, operations management and preparedness, emergency needs assessment, programme development and capacity building. He has also worked as a consultant in Emergency Operations and Preparedness for various International NGOs.

He has a Bachelor of Science in International Politics and an MSc in Development Economics. David is also a guest lecturer for the Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and is a RedR Associate Trainer.