David Ohana

David Ohana is Chief Communications and Marketing Officer at the United Nations Foundation where he leads global communication and engagement strategy. He has worked in advertising, production, branding and social impact for more than two decades, harnessing the power of some of the world’s most influential individuals and organizations – from Beyoncé to Ban Ki-moon — to reach billions, raise millions, and help change attitudes.

He is a globally experienced marketing and strategic communications leader who has led impactful partnerships and campaigns across the United Nations and private sector. Formally a creative with Saatchi & Saatchi, David joined the UN in 2008.

As Chief of Brand Building at UNICEF, David managed UNICEF’s Brand, Campaigns, Events and Goodwill Ambassador teams, along with the global rebranding of the organization.

Prior to this, David worked as the content producer for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and as Head of Film and Special Projects for the UN’s humanitarian arm, OCHA, producing content around the world from North Korea, to Niger, to the Polar Ice Rim. He has produced and directed path-breaking advocacy, awareness and fundraising projects with influencers including Charlize Theron, George Clooney, Shakira, David Guetta, Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé (their collaboration for World Humanitarian Day reaching over a billion people in 2012).