Tom Arnold has served in a number of governmental and non-governmental roles, at national and international level. He has been Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) (2013-17), Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement (2014-16), Chairman of the Irish Constitutional Convention (2012-14) and CEO of Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest humanitarian organisation (2001-13). He served as Assistant Secretary General and Chief Economist with the Irish Department of Agriculture and Food (1988-2001) and Senior Economist with the Irish farm advisory service, ACOT. He worked for the European Commission (1973-83), serving in Brussels and Africa.
His current European and international commitments include serving as Chair of the EU Commission’s Task Force on Rural Africa: Member of the Lead Group of SUN: the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and the Malabo Montpellier Panel.
He is Chair of the All Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit. He is a former Chair of the Irish Times Trust and Board member: Chair of the OECD Committee of Agriculture: Member of the Board of the CGIAR (the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research): the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF): the UN’s Millennium Project’s Hunger Task Force: the Irish Hunger Task Force: and the Mary Robinson Foundation on Climate Justice.
He is a graduate in agricultural economics from University College Dublin (UCD), has Masters degrees from Trinity College Dublin and the Catholic University of Leuven, and has honorary doctorates from UCD and the National University of Ireland (NUI).