World Food Program USA Appoints Soofian Zuberi to its Board of Directors

Published January 29, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 29, 2024) – World Food Program USA has named Soofian Zuberi, global head of equities at Bank of America, chairman & CEO of Bank of America Securities, Inc., to its distinguished board of directors. A leader in global finance, equity sales and trading businesses worldwide, he is well positioned to support World Food Program USA during a time of compounding crises and growing need.

“We are very pleased to welcome Soofian Zuberi to our board. A sharp thinker who understands people and the complexities of the world, Soofian will help us better connect with private sector partners and think strategically about the future,” said Tony Fratto, World Food Program USA board chair. “He has already shown tremendous dedication to our mission by traveling to Lebanon and the Ukrainian border to see and understand United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) operations firsthand.”

Mr. Zuberi joined Merrill Lynch in 1993 as a member of the New York Investment Banking Corporate Finance team. Mr. Zuberi transferred to Hong Kong, where he held a number of increasingly senior roles, including head of Asia Equity Syndicate, head of Asia Pacific Equity Capital Markets, and culminating as head of Asia Pacific Global Markets Sales with responsibility for all sales activities across Asian Equities, Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities. Mr. Zuberi maintains strategic advisory relationships with founders, asset owners, CIOs, CEOs, and senior government officials across sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, hedge funds, family offices, corporates, and governments.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve on the World Food Program USA board,” said Zuberi. “I have always been passionate about the U.N. World Food Programme’s mission to deliver food assistance in critical global emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. I am excited to learn from and contribute to the board.”

Mr. Zuberi was selected as one of Asia Society’s “Asia 21 Young Leaders” and he has been featured in a variety of news media including CNBC, BusinessWeek, and Bloomberg. He has written for The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal editorial pages and has been on the board of the Harvard Business School Club of New York. He has lectured at Princeton University and Columbia University.

World Food Program USA is proud to officially welcome him.

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About the United Nations World Food Programme   
The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the world’s leading humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

About World Food Program USA  
World Food Program USA, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C., proudly supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme by mobilizing American policymakers, businesses and individuals to advance the global movement to end hunger. To learn more about World Food Program USA’s mission, please visit

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