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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 four 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. 

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.

Manoj Juneja - Assistant Executive Director

Manoj Juneja was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Executive Director in January 2013 to ensure effective stewardship and maximize the impact of WFP resources. He oversees the work of a team that is transforming WFP’s performance through digital technology and enhancing data-led decision making. He oversees a diverse portfolio including planning and performance; financial and risk management; engineering, environmental and fleet management; and information and telecommunications technology.

Valerie N. Guarnieri - Assistant Executive Director

Valerie N. 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.

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.

Gina Casar - Assistant Executive Director

Gina Casar was appointed as Assistant Executive Director, Workplace Culture, in September 2020. In this role, she leads efforts to address all issues related to workplace culture, as well as to people management and employee wellbeing, to strengthen WFP as an improved, inclusive and respectful workplace.