Driven by a passionate belief in the power of partnership to achieve a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable society, Darian has for the last 16 years worked at the highest level with companies, the United Nations, NGOs, and governments with one aim - to drive collaboration across societal sectors for sustainable development worldwide. His award-winning work takes a multi-level approach: pioneering the theory and practice of effective partnering; building organisations’ institutional fitness for partnering; creating in-country ‘Business and Development Platforms’ to systematically catalyse cross-sector partnerships; and influencing international policy with cutting-edge thinking.
Previously a director of the International Business Leaders Forum, Darian has written extensively on cross-sector partnership, lectures around the world and has played a significant role in driving the public-private cooperation agenda of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
Darian has a somewhat unusual career path: following a physics degree at Oxford and a Ph.D. at London and Harvard, he became a quantum physicist, first as a NASA scientist and then as a Marie-Curie Fellow at the University of Paris, before segueing into sustainable development and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Blogs: From Transactional to Transformational to Systemic Collaboration, Unleashing the Power of the Private Sector to Tackle NCDs, Investing in the essential infrastructure to drive partnerships for the SDGs, To partner or not to partner?, Building Partnering Capacity – An Essential Investment to Ensure Success
Presentations: Development partnerships: A broader view