Dominic O’ Neill, Chief Operating Officer World Wide Fund for Nature International
Dominic is originally from the north east of England. He graduated in Environmental Health and later completed an MSc in Water Pollution. In his early career he worked for the Ministry of Health in Namibia with VSO on Environmental Health. He later joined Raleigh International as a Country Director in Namibia, Mongolia and southern Chile.
Dominic then joined the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in 2002 as the Environmental Health policy adviser. In 2003 he was posted to Yemen where he learnt Arabic and was tasked with establishing DFID’s first bilateral development programme in the country. Over the next ten years he was based in Iraq, Sierra Leone and Nepal as DFID’s Country Director. In 2013 he became the UK’s Executive Director on the Board of the African Development Bank in Tunis then Abidjan where he was also Chair of the AfDB’s Board Committee on HR, IT and Administration.
Dominic then returned to DFID and took up the position of Head of United Nations and Commonwealth Department responsible for UK funding to UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, OHCHR, FAO, WFP and IFAD.
In 2017 Dominic joined the World Wilde Fund for Nature (WWF International) as their Chief Operating Officer, based in Gland near Geneva.