Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization was first elected in 2012 and started a second term of office in 2017. His vision is for an ILO that anticipates and responds effectively to 21st century realities, reaching the most vulnerable and remaining true to its social justice mandate. At the present time, his priority is achieving a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient.
Mr. Ryder had previously served the ILO in various capacities including as Executive Director for international labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work. From 2006-10 he was General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), having led the unification of the democratic international trade union movement. Born in Liverpool (UK), he is a graduate of Cambridge University.