Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director

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Winnie Byanyima is Executive Director of Oxfam International. She is a leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building.

Born in Uganda, Ms. Byanyima was elected for three terms and served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament. She led Uganda's first parliamentary women’s caucus, championing ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the county's 1995 post-conflict constitution. A world recognized expert on women's rights, she founded the still-thriving civil society organization Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE). She has served at the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program.

Ms. Byanyima is a signatory to her country’s 1985 peace agreement and has helped to broker and support women’s participation in peace processes in Rwanda, South Africa, Burundi, Sudan and other countries emerging from conflict.

She co-founded a 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance of civil society, bilateral and multilateral organizations and chaired a UN-wide task force on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals, and on climate change. She has served on numerous global boards and commissions including the African Capacity Building Foundation and the International Centre for Research on Women.

She holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in Energy Conservation and the Environment (University of Cranfield), and a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Manchester).

On May 1 2013 she began a five-year term leading Oxfam International.

“Oxfam is part of challenging and changing times. We must seize every opportunity to support poor people to claim their rights, and to finally escape poverty, hunger and injustice. I believe the world needs a strong civil society now more than ever before."

Winnie Byanyima's Events

UN Climate Summit 2014 (23rd September 2014)

USAID Frontiers in Development Forum (18-19th September 2014)
Opening plenary: Extreme Poverty and the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Moment of Opportunity. With John Podesta, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,Erik Solheim, Winnie Byanyima and Michael Elliot. Panel: If poverty is falling, why should we care about inequality? With Rosa Canete, Nancy Birdsall, Winnie Byanyima, Branko Milanovic, Stephen O’Connell.

Launch of the World Bank’s report Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity (9th September 2014)
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development hosted the launch, a panel discussion with Sabina Alkire, Winnie Byanyima, Liz Ditchburn, Soha Soliman and Charlotte Watts.

Vatican Seminar on the Global Common Good (11th - 12th July 2014)
Seminar of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace held in Vatican City,  convened at the request of His Holiness Pope Francis on endemic poverty, rising inequality, and a more inclusive global economy. Participants: Winnie Byanyima, Mark Carney, José Ángel Gurría, Pascal Lamy, Amina Mohammed, Jeffrey Sachs and Muhammad Yunus.

IMF Africa Rising Conference Concluding Roundtable: Next Steps and Joint Action  (30th May 2014)  
For the rising of Africa, what needs to be done and by who? A roundtable session joined by: Alberto Vaquina, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, Daniel Kablan Duncan, Winnie Byanyima, and Bob Collymore

Africa Rising: Building to the Future (29th – 30th May 2014)
A high-level conference convened by the Government of Mozambique and the IMF to take stock of Africa’s strong economic performance, resilience to shocks, and economic policy challenges. Alberto Vaquina, Christine Lagarde ,Daniel Kablan Duncan ,Winnie Byanyima, Bob Collymore

WEF Africa 2014 Session: Unlocking Job-Creating Growth (9th May 2014)
Africa is the world's second fastest-growing region, yet only one in four people hold stable, wage-paying jobs. How can the continent's growth strategies be more inclusive and create jobs?
Speakers: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Klaus Schwab, Winnie Byanyima, John Rice, Dominic Barton, Paul Kagame, Aliko Dangote

OECD Forum 2014 Session: Inclusive Societies (5th May 2014)
Speakers: Winnie Byanyima, Jason Furman, Chairman, Philip J. Jennings, Michel Landel

OECD Forum 2014 Session: Tax for Development  (5th May 2014)
Speakers: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Winnie Byanyima, John Christensen, Paul Collier, Margaret Hodge, Chair, Alan McLean

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