Guy Ryder

International Labour Organization

Guy Ryder was first elected as ILO Director-General in 2012. He completed his final term of office in September 2022. 

He pursued a vision for an ILO that anticipates and responds effectively to 21st century realities, capable of reaching the most vulnerable and remaining true to its social justice mandate.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic he strongly advocated for and led ILO action to promote a human-centred recovery that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient.

Under his leadership the ILO made the future of work the driving theme of its centenary. The International Labour Conference adopted the Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work in June 2019 which continues to provide a road map for a future of work with social justice.

Mr. Ryder previously served the ILO in various capacities including as Executive Director for international labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work. During his tenure as Director-General, the ILO made occupational safety and health the fifth fundamental principle and right 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.