Special Envoy

Ray Chambers serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for Malaria. In these two eminent positions, Mr. Chambers is tasked with supporting the attainment of the health MDGs through leveraging his business expertise and experience.

In February 2008, the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed Mr. Chambers as his first Special Envoy for Malaria. Visibility, awareness, and funding for malaria have each increased exponentially since then, with over $4 billion raised, over 400 million mosquito nets distributed and millions of treatment courses administered.

In February 2013 the Secretary-General expanded Mr Chambers’ mandate as his first Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals – the internationally agreed set of humanitarian targets which come due in December 2015. Mr. Chambers works with key funding partners — including governments, financial institutions and the private sector — to secure adequate resources to provide the essential supplies, delivery mechanisms, systems support and measurement tools needed to attain the health MDGs. In addition to his Special Envoy roles, Mr. Chambers serves as one of the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates and chairs the MDG Health Alliance.

Mr. Chambers has been a full-time philanthropist for over 25 years. His philanthropic efforts are diverse, but major focus areas include global health, mentoring, and his home state of New Jersey. Among the organizations Mr. Chambers founded are the Points of Light Foundation (Founding Chairman), the America’s Promise Alliance (co-founded with Colin Powell), the National Mentoring Partnership and Malaria No More (co-founded with Peter Chernin).

In his business career, Mr. Chambers was Chairman of Wesray Capital Corporation, which he co-founded with Former Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. William E. Simon.