U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has nominated another former governor to lead a program that’s distributing food to millions across the world.
On Monday, Haley, who left her post as South Carolina governor last month to join the Trump administration, selected David Beasley to lead the United Nations’ World Food Programme. Beasley, a Republican, was elected South Carolina governor in 1994. Since leaving office, Beasley has worked on several humanitarian and public policy projects.
“In business, he developed a reputation for honesty and integrity that carried over into his career in public service. … In elected office, he mastered management, fundraising, and communication,” Haley wrote in a letter this week to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
“Most importantly, in his recent peace-building and development work, he honed the skills of international diplomacy, with an eye toward lifting up the vulnerable and disadvantaged,” Haley wrote.
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization that delivers food to more than 90 million people in 80 countries, according to the U.N. agency’s website. It is headquartered in Rome.
Haley said the food program faces “formidable challenges in its mission to end hunger and malnutrition,” listing corruption, terrorism, and natural disasters as obstacles to feeding struggling populations across the world.