15 January 2013

Uganda: Winnie Byanyima to Head Oxfam

Former Mbarara Woman MP Winnie Byanyima has been appointed as Executive Director of Oxfam International, the global humanitarian relief organisation.

Byanyima, wife to former FDC President Kizza Besigye, was recognized for her extensive work in peace-building, budget and electoral reform, and building social coalitions.

According to a press statement, signed by Alun McDonald, the Media and Communications Officer, Byanyima will now be based in Dublin, Ireland.

"From April, Ms Byanyima will lead Oxfam International, which offers strategic guidance, support, expertise and coordination across Oxfam. Oxfam works with people in 94 countries to find effective ways to end the injustice of poverty," the statement reads in part.

Byanyima was reportedly selected after a global search, led by the Chair of Oxfam International, Keith Johnston, with the help of an international executive search firm.

"In an outstanding field of candidates, Winnie stood out as exemplifying Oxfam's values and ambitions," Johnston said.

Accepting her appointment, Byanyima said: "The world is witnessing a shift in global development, growing inequality, volatility on many levels, and mounting aspirations and impatience for change.

Oxfam understands how this changing context means it must be strategic and adaptable in its mission to overcome poverty and reinforce peoples' rights. I am very proud to be invited to lead such an important organization as Oxfam..."

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