WfWI Announces Global Search for Next Chief Executive

Women for Women International Announces Global Search for Next Chief Executive

Afshan Khan to return to the United Nations. The Board of Directors of Women for Women International announced the search for its next chief executive in a statement released by Danuta Lockett, Chair of the Board of Directors.

March 19, 2014, Washington D.C. - A recognized leader in international development in conflict zones, Afshan Khan announced that she will be resigning from her post as President and Chief Executive Officer of Women for Women International in April to return to the United Nations from where she took leave in 2012.

We are grateful for Afshan’s leadership and contributions during a pivotal moment in our organization’s twenty-year history. In two years, Afshan positioned Women for Women International to have a greater impact, strengthening operations, engaging and diversifying the board, attracting a talented management team, investing in critical technology infrastructure and expanding global partnerships. She has made it possible for Women for Women International to build on our dynamic past to an even stronger future.

To ensure a seamless transition during the search process, we have appointed current board member and chair of the Program Committee Tony Gambino to serve as interim CEO to work with the global management team. Tony brings extensive development experience, a long career working in conflict zones including the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a commitment to creating economic, social and civic opportunities for women rebuilding their lives.

About Women for Women International

Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has provided women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. WfWI delivers these resources through a tiered, yearlong program that begins with direct financial aid and emotional support. Participants also learn about their legal rights; receive life-skills training such as health awareness, numeracy, budgeting and saving, decision-making and negotiation, and civic participation; learn business and vocational skills; and gain access to income-generating activities where they can apply those skills and begin moving towards economic stability. Along with helping more than 407,000 women in the past 20 years to rebuild their own lives and those of their families and communities after war, WfWI uses its voice to call global attention to the unique role that women play in advancing peace throughout society. WfWI works in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan.
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For more information, please contact our Senior Director of Communications Amber Khan at or (202) 521-9607.