Dr Howard Taylor
Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, Safe to Learn
With a focus on social impact at scale, Dr Taylor 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. The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children includes organisations from every sector, and children themselves, uniting in a unique collaboration focused solely on ending violence against all children. 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’: an independent, creative social enterprise 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 coordinating the most impactful investment of over $3 billion per annum of official development assistance to Ethiopia. Howard serves on the Boards of Mercy Corps (Europe) and the WePROTECT Global Alliance.