Third Sector Awards: Charity Chief Executive: Over £5m – Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Christian Aid

Awarded to the chief executive who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her organisation, or the wider sector over the past year.

Charity Chief Executive: Over £5m – Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Christian Aid

Who is she?

Amanda Khozi Mukwashi joined Christian Aid as chief executive in April 2018. Born in the UK and of Zambian heritage, she is the first person of African descent to have been appointed chief executive of Christian Aid.

In her early life Khozi Mukwashi struggled to find work to match her qualifications, and found herself working as a carer in Coventry. She believes this period of her life taught her about ethics, integrity and the fact that every person should be treated with dignity and respect. She went on to gain more than 20 years' experience and expertise in poverty alleviation and development, including at the United Nations, Skillshare International and VSO International.

What has she done for the charity?

In just three years at Christian Aid, Khozi Mukwashi has brought positive change to the charity and made a significant contribution to the international development sector. She has created a visionary new strategy, and led an organisational transformation programme. She has also delivered a race and diversity review to highlight the lived experiences of Christian Aid staff, identified steps over the next three years to tackle the issues of institutional racism, and recruited Christian Aid's first race and diversity lead.

What else has she achieved?

Khozi Mukwashi’s commitment to enabling those from affected communities to speak up for themselves has gained her respect and recognition through her increasing public profile, which has included appearing on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions. As well as media appearances, she is a voice on the global stage, having spoken at events including the International Monetary Fund's meetings and the World Bank Spring meetings in Washington.

What did the judges say? 

“Amanda is a transformational leader with strong vision and ability to inspire, tackling challenging issues like institutional racism, while retaining the respect and backing of her staff.”

Highly commended

  • James Thornton, ClientEarth


  • Tracey Bleakley, Hospice UK
  • Judi Rhys, Tenovus Cancer Care
  • Peter Waddup, The Leprosy Mission
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