It is with great sadness but also pride that ActionAid is announcing that its Chief Executive, Salil Shetty is to move to the United Nations in New York to become Director of the UN’s Millennium Campaign. The Millennium Campaign has been established to create political and public pressure towards achieving the millennium development goals – global targets for poverty reduction, social development and environmental regeneration agreed by world leaders in September 2000.
Ken Burnett, Chairperson of ActionAid’s board of trustees said: “Salil is one of the most respected figures in international development. As Chief Executive he made an exceptional contribution to the growth and development of ActionAid, and we will be sorry to see him go. But Salil is leaving us a superb legacy and strong leadership team at all levels, which ActionAid will build on in its fight against world poverty”.
Ramesh Singh (47) originally from Nepal and currently ActionAid’s Director of Operations, will take over as interim global CEO when Salil Shetty leaves at the end of September.
One of Salil Shetty’s many achievements has been the building of ActionAid International to a point where the vision of an international membership of related agencies, dedicated to overcoming the injustice and inequity that cause poverty, is set to become a reality. With Salil, Ramesh Singh has been a key architect in making ActionAid a leading international development charity and brings a wealth of international experience, having led ActionAid’s programmes in Africa and Asia over the last two decades.