Tom Arnold (economist)

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Tom Arnold
Born Ireland
Occupation Director General of IIEA, former CEO of Concern Worldwide and special representative for hunger.

Tom Arnold is an Irish agricultural economist and public policy advisor who has worked in the Irish civil service and served on various non-governmental organisations and public forums, mainly in the area of food security.


Arnold has a degree in agricultural economics from University College Dublin, an MBA from the Université catholique de Louvain, and a master's in strategic management from Trinity College Dublin.[1]


In August 2014, Arnold accepted a request from the UN to coordinate the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement [2] (SUN Movement), which brings together governments, civil society and the private sector, to improve nutrition at national and international level. The request was made following the appointment by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of Dr David Nabarro, the current Coordinator of the SUN Movement, to be the UN System Senior Coordinator of the Response to the Ebola Virus Disease. In Dr Nabarro’s absence as SUN Coordinator, Arnold will provide strategic leadership to the SUN Movement, working closely with the existing SUN Networks and the SUN Secretariat, based in Geneva. The appointment is for a six-month period, starting 1 September 2014.

In November 2013, Arnold took up the appointment as Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs.[3]

In October 2012, Arnold was appointed chairman of the Constitutional Convention by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.[4]

Arnold served as Chief Executive Officer of Concern Worldwide, Ireland's largest humanitarian aid agency, from October 2001 to February 2013.[1]

Arnold holds the position of Concern's Special Representative for Hunger.[5]

As a civil servant, he worked in the Department of Agriculture, latterly as chief economist (1988–93) and assistant secretary general (1993–2001),[6] where he supervised Ireland's implementation of the EU's Single Payment Scheme.

Boards and committees[edit]

Arnold has presided (as chair, coordinator, director general, etc.) over:-

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Arnold received honorary doctorates from the National University of Ireland in 2009[17] and University College Dublin in 2010,[18] and a People of the Year Award in 2013.[19]


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  19. ^ "The 2013 People of the Year Award Winners". Irish Independent. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2015.