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Oxfam GB appoints CIVICUS’s Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah as CEO

Oxfam GB appoints CIVICUS’s Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah as CEO

Oxfam GB has appointed Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah as its next Chief Executive, to replace Mark Goldring.

Goldring announced in May that he was to step down at the end of the year following the controversy over Oxfam GB staff’s sexual misconduct in Haiti. The charity expects Sriskandarajah to take up the post around the end of 2018.

Currently Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS, the Johannesburg-based global alliance of civil society organisations and activists with members in more than 180 countries, he joined CIVICUS in 2013 and was previously Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society (2009-13). Between 2011-12 he was seconded to be Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Born in Sri Lanka, Sriskandarajah, known as Danny, grew up in Australia and Papua New Guinea, before moving to the UK in 1998. He has been a British citizen for almost 10 years.

He said:

“I am excited by the opportunity of leading Oxfam at this crucial point in its history. It is an organisation which has spent more than three-quarters of a century doing amazing things to help people escape poverty and the hunger, disease and discrimination that come with it.

“At a time when hunger is once again on the increase, almost 70 million people have been forced to flee their homes by conflict and persecution and many countries are increasingly looking inwards, the UK and the world need a strong Oxfam more than ever.”

Caroline Thomson, Oxfam Chair of Trustees, said:

“From a very strong short list Danny was clearly the right person to lead Oxfam on the path of change and renewal. He has a deep understanding of the challenges facing the sector as a whole, including on gender justice. He is a brilliant strategic thinker with a record of delivery.

“One of the next generation of leaders, he inspires those who work with him and has a global reputation for original thinking. Above all, we felt he would ask the difficult questions and work well with colleagues across the Oxfam confederation to come up with the answers.”



Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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