Global development charity Human Appeal has appointed a humanitarian and development sector consultant from the US as its chief executive.
Dr Mohamed Ashmawey has taken the top role at the UK based charity from America, where he has been working as a European and Middle East humanitarian and development sector consultant.
He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Civil Society Advisory Team and has served on the board of directors of non-profit organisations including Mercy International and the Islamic Society of North America.
“I am proud to take the reins at Human Appeal. I am looking forward to working with my new dedicated and determined colleagues as we continue to transform lives and lift people out of poverty,” said Dr Ashmawey.
His other roles have included chief executive of Islamic Relief and president of the Muslim Arab Youth Association.
Human Appeal chair Dr Kamil Zakariyya Omoteso added: “We are confident that Dr Ashmawey will successfully take Human Appeal to the next level and drive our strategy forward so that we focus on our common goal to support our beneficiaries and become the global agent of change for a just, caring, and sustainable world.”
Human Appeal works in 25 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East delivering sustainable development programmes.
In December last year Human Appeal was named as one of the UK’s best performing charities in the Charity Finance 250 Index, with a 67% increase in income to £59.9m in the year ending 31 December 2017.
Funding includes £17.6m from the World Food Programme and £15m from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The charity has set a target of raising at least £50m from institutional contracts by 2020.