New Honorary Chair to lead The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award World Fellowship

Published: 4 Jan 2019

Jiri Zrůst to take leading role in raising vital funds and support for the Award's global non-formal education framework.

 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Jiri Zrůst as the new Honorary Chair of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award World Fellowship.

 A dedicated supporter of the Award around the world; Jiri is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DofE) in the Czech Republic, a founder and trustee of the Award in Slovakia and a member of the Global Advisory and Development Group for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, chaired by His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex KC GCVO.

As the Honorary Chair, Jiri will take a leading role in the development and support of the charity around the world, as it works towards the ambition that every young 14-24 year old has the opportunity to access the Award and find their purpose, passion and place in the world.

As one of the world’s foremost non-formal education frameworks, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award challenges young 14-24 year olds to develop new skills, get physically active, learn about teamwork and leadership through adventurous journey and volunteer within their community. Through pushing themselves and learning outside the classroom, young people can develop universal skills - such as confidence, resilience, adaptability and problem solving - which can help them to ensure they are ready for the world.

More than 1.3 million young people are currently participating in the Award in 130+ countries and territories. It is funded nationally and internationally, through the generous support of philanthropists, governments and organisations, and the World Fellowship is a key proponent of that support. 

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Jiri has more than 20 years’ experience in senior management positions across the asset management, financial services and logistics sectors. Currently, Jiri is a Senior Managing Director at Macquarie Group where he helps lead investment into infrastructure and real assets across Europe.   

Of the appointment, John May DL, Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation says: “Jiri has been a dedicated supporter of and champion for the Award for more than nine years and we are delighted to welcome him as the World Fellowship’s new Honorary Chair. With his extensive experience both in the corporate world and within the Award, we very much look forward to working with him to define new opportunities to take the Award further than ever before. At this time, we also offer our sincere thanks to outgoing Chair, Gregory Belton, for his ongoing dedication and support over the past three years and beyond.”

Jiri Zrůst says: “I am deeply honoured to have been asked to take on such an important role for the Award. I have had the privilege of working very closely with two of the previous Chairs, Gregory Belton and Harry Collins, and it is exciting to be able to continue their work. I am also very grateful to Macquarie Group for their continuous support of my philanthropic passion of helping young people get ready for work and for life.”

Click here, for Jiri's thoughts on how the Award can help to prepare today's young people to be ready for the world. 

 

For queries, please contact:

Emma Brown, Director of Brand and Communications, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation: emma.brown@intaward.org / +44(0)782 432 4888

 

Notes for Editors

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global, non-formal education framework which challenges young people to develop new skills, get physically active, learn about teamwork and leadership through adventurous journey, and volunteer within their community.
  • There are currently 1.3 million young people in 130+ countries and territories completing their own unique programme, via hundreds of thousands of youth-focused partners and operators - including schools, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offender institutions.
  • Since its launch over 60 years ago, millions of young people have participated and received Awards, with millions more benefitting from its impact in communities around the world
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award World Fellowship was established in 1987, to bring together people from around the world in support of the Award, its ambitions and its delivery.
  • Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie) is a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs 14,869 people in 27 countries. At 30 September 2018, Macquarie had assets under management of £305.6 billion. For further information, visit www.macquarie.com