Oxfam re-appoints Winnie Byanyima as Executive Director
Oxfam International has appointed Winnie Byanyima to lead the development agency for a second five-year term that will run from 2018 to 2023.
Oxfam Chair, Juan Alberto Fuentes, said: “Winnie is a visionary leader in the fight against inequality and poverty, and an inspiration to our teams and partners around the world.”
In her first term as Executive Director, Winnie initiated the “One Oxfam” restructure that enables Oxfam to be a more globally balanced organization with a stronger voice in the global South. She recently moved the Oxfam International headquarters from Oxford, United Kingdom, to Nairobi, Kenya. Commenting on the move, she said “This is vital to our mission as we must influence change from a position of integrity.”
Oxfam was formed in 1995 by a group of independent non-governmental organizations with the aim of reducing poverty and injustice. Its interventions include advocacy, life-saving crisis responses and rebuilding livelihoods for the poor.
Winnie Byanyima previously served in the Ugandan Parliament, at the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Programme.