NEW YORK, 14 January 2015 – David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a charitable organization that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, will address the members of St. George’s Society of New York at its 2015 Kick-off Reception in New York City on 21 January 2015.
Mr. Miliband became President and CEO of the IRC in 2013 and oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 40 countries as well as its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States. In addition, he heads the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington, Geneva, Brussels and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people. Prior to joining the IRC Mr. Miliband had a distinguished career in British politics, culminating in his serving as the UK’s Foreign Secretary from 2007 to 2010.
St. George’s Society is a membership organization with a charitable purpose. It provides vital assistance to people of British and Commonwealth heritage in New York who are in need of financial and emotional support. For example the sick, elderly and disabled and students who have the ability to succeed but lack the funds to complete their studies. Its vibrant network of influential people and partnerships with key organizations in the British community make it the pre-eminent Anglo/American social and philanthropic group in the tri-state area.
Incoming St. George’s Society President Richard Sexton, MBE said “We are honored and pleased to have Mr. Miliband address the St. George’s Society. He represents the best of British expats in New York who are having a major impact on the lives of the underserved. This has been at the heart of our mission since our founding.”
The Society is well-known in transatlantic circles due to its longevity, record of good works and position in the New York British community. It enjoys a close working relationship with the British-Consulate in New York and for over a century each serving British Consul-General has held the position of Honorary President. The Society’s Royal Patron is HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO.
As a British person living in New York I am inspired by St. George’s Society’s charitable commitments” Miliband said. “I look forward to meeting the members and hearing their ideas about the humanitarian challenges in New York City and beyond.”
Mr. Miliband is the latest in a series of prominent Britons to address the Society. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, spoke about his book on Sir Winston Churchill at a St. George’s Society event last November and English rugby World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson, OBE received the Society’s Anglo-American Cultural Award at a fundraiser in December.
A reception will precede Mr. Miliband’s remarks. Tickets may be purchased online at: