Written by Guest blogger
In 10 years since graduating from BU, Luke McMillan’s career has taken him across the world to support humanitarian efforts in areas affected by conflict and natural disaster. In his latest role, he is managing the UN campaign behind an International Day of Peace.
Luke originally qualified with a MSc Biodiversity Conservation in 2009. During the course, his interest in marine life led him to take up a short internship with the Atlantic Whale Foundation. Having graduated, the charity invited him to re-join the team and Luke progressed to become Director of Programmes, travelling to Africa, Asia and Central America to protect vulnerable species.
Having built up new contacts through the NGO, he was approached to become Programmes Manager for The Society for Environmental Exploration and then by Save the Children to join its Global Assurance Team.
Luke is now part of a small team managing the UN International Peace Day Campaign, which is behind the fixed calendar date, Peace Day, on 21 September. The campaign is focused on brokering cease fires and building relationships with other peace organisations around the world. As well as using the date as a focus for education, it is used to mobilise people to act peacefully on the day itself – and has resulted in 21 September becoming the greatest day of non-violence in the year.