Chris McCarthy, Executive Director of YPFP New York

As the Executive Director of YPFP New York, Chris McCarthy sets the strategic direction for the group, ensuring it remains as vibrant, ambitious, and engaging, as it has been throughout its 10 year history in the city. It is a responsibility he is familiar with, having served in the same role for YPFP in London before moving to the U.S. in 2016.

Chris's background is in politics and public affairs having worked as Senior Adviser to a former British foreign secretary. He has supported and led projects providing additional capacity to international NGOs helping victims of conflict and sexual violence, as well as tackling the illegal international transportation of wildlife goods.

After leaving the public sector he moved into public affairs and political risk, helping clients better understand, and navigate, volatile markets and uncertain geopolitical environments. His work has reinforced to him the vital importance of YPFP's mission to amplify NextGen voices to help address many of the critical challenges in foreign affairs today.