In new humanitarian role, former member of Parliament to speak in S.F.

David Miliband, the new president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, will be speaking at the organization’s 2013 Humanitarian Dinner on Oct. 1 at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco.

David Miliband

Miliband, 47, one of Britain’s most prominent Jews, was foreign secretary from 2007 to 2010 and a member of Parliament for 12 years. The son of refugee parents who fled from Belgium to England in the 1940s, Miliband started his new job at the IRC on Sept. 3. He resigned from Parliament in April after accepting the position.

The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein to assist refugees fleeing the Nazi regime. It is now at work in more than 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, helping those uprooted by war or disaster.

The dinner in San Francisco will bring together IRC supporters, staff and refugee clients from throughout the Bay Area and the United States. British journalist and writer Chris Cleave (“Little Bee”) will be the keynote speaker, and humanitarian awards will be presented.

Individual tickets start at $500. The event begins at 6 p.m. For information, visit