Ad Melkert

Ad Melkert
Ad Melkert

Senior Advisor

Ad Melkert is the former cabinet minister of social affairs and employment in The Netherlands. 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 a 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.