Melanie Ward

Chair of Trustees

Melanie Ward
“There’s no doubt that the Circle is in an exciting chapter, with our brilliant CEO, Raakhi Shah, amazing partner organizations, and the support of so many extraordinary women members and supporters. Our mission – to bring together and empower one million women and girls as changemakers, and build a dynamic community of global feminists – is both bold and necessary.”

Melanie Ward joined as Chair in 2021. Melanie Ward is the International Rescue Committee’s Executive Director in the UK, and has lived and worked in the Middle East, Africa and the USA. Melanie has also worked for NGOs including ActionAid and Christian Aid. She has a background in politics, as a campaigner and activist, as well as a political adviser in both the Scottish and UK Parliaments.

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