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The World Food Programme (WFP) is governed by the WFP Executive Board, which consists of 36 Member States and provides intergovernmental support, direction and supervision of WFP’s activities.

The organization is headed by an Executive Director, who is appointed jointly by the UN Secretary-General and the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The Executive Director is appointed for fixed five-year terms and is responsible for the administration of the organization as well as the implementation of its programmes, projects and other activities. Since 2017, the post has been held by David Beasley.

WFP also has one Deputy Executive Director and three Assistant Executive Directors with specific briefs.

The organization's direction is mapped out in its Strategic Plan, which is renewed every four years. The 2017–2021 Strategic Plan aligns WFP with the 2030 Agenda, focusing on ending hunger and contributing to revitalized global partnerships to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions for its funding. Its principal donors are governments, but the organization also receive donations from the private sector and individuals. 

Executive Board

The Executive Board is WFP's supreme governing body. Comprising 36 States Members of the United Nations or Member Nations of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Board provides intergovernmental support, policy direction and supervision of the activities of WFP.

Executive Director

David Beasley

Senior leadership

  • David Beasley - Executive Director

    In a public service and business career that spans more than four decades, David Beasley, a former governor of the US state of South Carolina, has worked across political, religious and ethnic lines to champion economic development, education, interfaith cooperation and humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable – not just within the United States, but across the globe.
  • Amir Mahmoud Abdulla - Deputy Executive Director

    Amir Mahmoud Abdulla became the Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme in March 2009. In addition to his responsibilities as deputy principal, he currently oversees the Executive Board Secretariat and the divisions providing key support to WFP field operations worldwide: Emergency Operations, Supply Chain Operations, and Security.
  • Valerie Guarnieri - Assistant Executive Director

    Valerie Guarnieri became Assistant Executive Director in January 2018. In this role, she brings together and oversees essential elements of WFP global operations, including preparedness and response, programme and policy and nutrition to ensure essential support to vulnerable, food insecure people around the world.
  • Manoj Juneja - Assistant Executive Director

    Manoj Juneja became Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Executive Director for Resource Management at the World Food Programme in January 2013. Prior to joining WFP, from July 2011, he served as Deputy Director-General for Operations at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Mr Juneja joined FAO in 1987, where he held senior management roles as Director of Programme, Budget and Evaluation (2005-07) and Assistant Director-General of Corporate Services, Human Resources and Finance Department (2008-11).
  • Ute Klamert - Assistant Executive Director

    Ute Klamert became WFP Assistant Executive Director for Partnerships & Advocacy in February 2019. In this role, Ms. Klamert oversees the organization's partnerships and resource mobilization activities with governments, UN agencies, private sector and other partners.