Amanda Khozi Mukwashi will step down as chief executive of Christian Aid to join the United Nations (UN).
Mukwashi joined Christian Aid in 2018 and is its first chief executive of African descent. She will leave at the end of this year and join the UN in early 2022.
During her tenure at Christian Aid she led an organisation-wide restructure and developed a new strategy. She also developed a three-year race and diversity action plan.
Mukwashi said: “I am so sad to be leaving Christian Aid – an organisation that I love. It has been one of the honours of my life to lead this great organisation for three and a half of its 76 years and play my part – alongside some of the most passionate and dedicated people I have ever met – in standing for the dignity, equality and justice of all.
“Though I will no longer be leading Christian Aid, I am confident that I leave a strong organisation that is well-placed to tackle poverty, and the injustices that perpetuate it. We have a team well-placed to have a real impact on issues of climate change, debt, economic, gender and racial inequality. I will continue to cheer Christian Aid on from the sidelines.”
Christian Aid has an annual income of around £100m. The charity said details of the succession plan will follow.
Dr Rowan Williams, chair of Christian Aid, said: “Though we are saddened that Amanda will be leaving Christian Aid, we are immensely grateful for her leadership of this great organisation. She has made a transformational impact on both the organisation and the wider sector, being a passionate, eloquent and effective advocate for the people we serve.”