David Steven founded River Path Associates in 1997 and is now a board director, specialising in international responses to global risks, the development of communications and influencing strategies, and intercultural dialogue.
He is a Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University, where he works on development policy and the post-2015 agenda, as well the geopolitical implications of climate change and natural resources. He is also a nonresident Senior Fellow for the Foreign Policy program at the The Brookings Institution.
His interests also lie in international responses to global risks and patterns of influence within global networks, and fragile states such as Pakistan, Nigeria and Iraq. David has published extensively on the post-2015 development agenda and advised the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel. He was invited by the President of the General Assembly to submit an independent report as an input to the post-2015 thematic debate on ‘Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies’ and participated as a speaker or moderator in other thematic debates. His most recent CIC publication on the post-2015 agenda is What Happens Now? Time to deliver the post-2015 development agenda. David has also been working with UNICEF on its new global partnership to protect children as part of the post-2015 agenda, with CIC recently publishing the reports If Not Now, When? Ending Violence Against the World’s Children, and The Post-2015 Agenda – Delivering its Core Promises to Children. His research also covers finance for development, partnerships, and strategies for delivering post-2015 goals and targets.. He is Director of Research for Pakistan Task Force on the Next Generation, which recently published its second report on young voters and the 2013 election. He is also editor of the foreign policy website, Global Dashboard.
David’s previous publications include a Brookings Institution paper on how the United States should respond to the aftermath of the recession; a paper on how organisations can prosper in what will be a turbulent period for world order, originally for the British Council; a review of multilateral reform and climate change for the Department for International Development; and a think piece on the future of the international system, commissioned by the Prime Minister, and presented to heads of state at the Progressive Governance Summit.