Women for Women International Names Afshan Khan New CEO

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Organization begins an exciting new era.

The Board of Directors of Women for Women International announced today it has named Afshan Khan to be the new chief executive officer of the organization. Ms. Khan, who comes to the global nonprofit after more than 20 years at UNICEF, begins the position on June 18, 2012.

Most recently as the Director of UNICEF’s Public-Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization Office, Ms. Khan has decades of experience managing complex, global projects that focus on international policy, advocacy issues, partnership development and fundraising. She served in numerous capacities over her 25-year career equally spread out working in challenging field office postings and at the executive level. She has deep experience in developing and managing highly effective public-private partnerships aimed at initiatives as varied as containing disease outbreaks, combating child labor, and supporting households affected by HIV/AIDS.

"I am honored to take the helm of this extraordinary organization, which embodies the values and mission that have driven my career,” said Ms. Khan. “Women for Women International’s work has never been more relevant and more necessary. We will always be a vital resource for women to rebuild their own lives and their families’ after war.”

Ms. Khan succeeds Zainab Salbi, who founded Women for Women International in 1993 and stepped down as its CEO last year. Ms. Salbi will continue to support Women for Women International through her board membership and through her role as a global advocate for women's rights.

About Ms. Khan’s appointment, Ms. Salbi said: “I know Afshan will take what we built over the last 19 years to another level of excellence in service to the world. I am committed to supporting her leadership in all ways she deems necessary.”

Upon taking office, Ms. Khan will meet with staff and stakeholders and travel to country offices to hear directly from those who work every day to transform the lives of women around the world.

Said Lucy Billingsley, chair of the Board of Directors of Women for Women International, “Afshan Khan is the real thing: a woman who has negotiated with warlords and royalty. Her personal history is an illustration of what our organization is all about. Under her leadership Women for Women is positioned to grow, deepen, and broaden its strength and reach.” Ms Billingsley added, "This is a rare moment when talent and mission converge."

For nearly two decades Women for Women International has helped over 316,000 women survivors of war move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. The organization works in war-torn countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan. For more information about Women for Women International, go to: http://www.womenforwomen.org

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