Darian Stibbe

executive director
The Partnering Initiative

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 CollaborationUnleashing the Power of the Private Sector to Tackle NCDsInvesting in the essential infrastructure to drive partnerships for the SDGsTo partner or not to partner?Building Partnering Capacity – An Essential Investment to Ensure Success

Articles: Partnerships for progressRob Cameron Speaks with The Partnering Initiative’s Darian StibbeMeet Darian Stibbe

Talks: Partnering against NCDsDelivering on the promise: driving collaboration for the SDGsWebinar: partnerships delivering inclusive business

Conference sessions

Connect strand

NGOs and private sector companies are working together to deliver more innovative and sustainable development impact for all.



Mon, 03/18/2019 - 14:15 to 15:30

Learn about businesses' key drivers for engaging with CSOs and how to translate these into achieving your mission.



Mon, 02/26/2018 - 14:15 to 15:15

Learn how to build partnerships that help you deliver more innovatively, efficiently and sustainably.



Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:15 to 12:45