Ad Melkert is a Senior Advisor at Athena. He is also the former Cabinet Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in The Netherlands. He has risen to international prominence through his experience in high-level positions in various positions. Ad was Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank Group; UN-Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme. He was also as UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq. These international positions followed a sixteen year period in Dutch politics as Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister. He then became the leader of the Labour Party (PvdA) and a candidate for Prime Minister in the 2002 elections.
Ad Melkert’s professional career represents a great variety of managerial, diplomatic and political leadership experiences. His work took him across the globe, connecting with governments, businesses and civil society organizations on a broad range of subjects.
Currently he is a Senior Independent Advisor to private corporations and public institutions facilitator and additionally, a speaker on various topics globally.
Ad Melkert guides Athena’s strategic growth and business development efforts across social development sectors.