Winnie Byanyima: Engineering change at Oxfam

Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International. According to Byanyima, her background as aeronautical engineer helped her develop strong analytical skills. Photo by: personal collection

Uganda’s first female aeronautical engineer, Winnie Byanyima became executive director of Oxfam International in April.

Prior to taking up her current role, she served as director of the U.N. Development Program’s gender team and previously headed the African Union’s Directorate of Women, Gender and Development.

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