Tom Arnold

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"Tom Arnold was appointed Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide in October 2001. Concern is Ireland's largest NGO working in emergencies, long term development and advocacy, working in some thirty countries, mainly in Africa and Asia.

"Prior to working with Concern, he was Assistant Secretary General and Chief Economist in the Irish Department of Agriculture and Food. He was Chairman of the OECD Committee of Agriculture from 1993 to 1998 and Chairman of the Working Group on Agricultural Policies and Markets from 1990 to 1993. At an earlier stage in his career, he worked with the European Commission for ten years, three of which were in Africa.

"Tom has been appointed to a number of international bodies in recent years. He was a member of the UN Millennium Project's Hunger Task Force (2003- 2005) and a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Group on poverty and hunger.

"He is currently Chairman of the European Food Security Group, a network of 40 European NGOs working to enhance food security in developing countries. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) 20/20 Initiative, which seeks to develop and promote a shared vision and consensus for action for assuring sustainable food and nutrition security for all by 2020. In May 2006, he was appointed an alternate member of the Advisory Board of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

"He is a graduate in Agricultural Economics from University College Dublin and has Masters Degrees from the Catholic University of Louvain and Trinity College Dublin." [1]


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  1. Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice Tom Arnold, organizational web page, accessed June 19, 2012.