International Business Leaders Forum

The International Business Leaders Forum announces Clare Melford as new CEO

Press Release   •   Nov 05, 2010 10:20 GMT

The International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), is delighted to announce the appointment of Clare Melford to the post of Chief Executive.

Founded in 1990, IBLF is an independent, not-for-profit global organisation working with business leaders and their companies to deliver innovative, responsible business solutions to sustainable development challenges.

Mr. E. Neville Isdell, Chairman of IBLF said: “I believe IBLF is moving into an exciting new era, and that Clare will provide new insights and energy to the continuing challenge of putting business at the heart of sustainable development. She has an outstanding track record of work in all three sectors, with an impressive capacity in both strategic and operational development of organisations. All of this is combined with a strong personal belief in the importance of partnerships between business and development actors – an area in which IBLF has a widely acknowledged global leadership position.”

Clare has worked in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, as well as in the area of foreign policy. She was General Manager of MTV Networks in the Nordic region based in Stockholm, Sweden. There she managed a team of 120 people running nine TV channels, websites and mobile TV businesses across Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. After securing a multimillion-dollar investment in the region to launch four new TV channels, Clare led the Nordic business to grow over 45% in revenues, beat profit targets and win top creative awards several years in succession.

Seeking to expand her experience into the not-for-profit sector, Clare has worked for two charities in the human rights and environmental space. Firstly the Nobel Women's Initiative, a women’s rights organisation formed by six female winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, where she co-led their work to build relationships with the corporate sector. Secondly, Clare acted as a media consultant to the groundbreaking environmental charity ‘Do The Green Thing’, using her media experience to secure distribution (online, TV) for their video content.

Most recently, Clare lead the year-long project of transitioning the European Council on Foreign Relations, Europe’s only pan-European foreign policy think tank, from being part of George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, to independent status. The transition involved appointing a new management team, CEO and board of trustees, crafting the strategy and setting up appropriate legal structures, operations and fundraising capabilities to deliver that strategy across Europe.

Originally trained as a management consultant at Marakon Associates, Clare holds a degree from Oxford University and a post-graduate certificate from Cambridge University.

On joining IBLF, Clare said: “I am hugely inspired by the impact the team at IBLF has had over the last 20 years, and very excited to build this work further. Today’s challenges are global and multifaceted. Partnering across the sectors, as IBLF has pioneered, gives us the best chance of addressing them. I am greatly looking forward to bringing together the strands of my experience in all three sectors to help IBLF capitalise on the ever-increasing enthusiasm with which businesses are embracing the potential of sustainable development. "

Press Contact: For any interview requests with Clare, please contact Shivvy Jervis at shivangini.jervis@iblf.org or 0207 467 3650

Founded in 1990, the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) is an independent, not-for-profit global organisation working with business leaders and their companies to deliver innovative, responsible business solutions to sustainable development challenges. We position business as a lead partner in development, drive collaborative action between sectors and promote corporate responsibility.