Amanda Khozi Mukwashi is the chief executive of Christian Aid, leading development and humanitarian work in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Amanda was born in Twickenham and grew up in Zambia and Rome where her stepfather worked in the diplomatic service. She studied international trade and investment law at the University of Zambia in Lusaka and during this time she began to develop her political outlook and commitment to the issue of social justice.
She moved to the UK in 1996 where she took a master’s degree at the University of Warwick. But even with two degrees and considerable work experience she was unable to find a job and retrained as a care worker. She says her time working in nursing homes “reshaped” and “humbled” her.
Later she worked for the VSO and served with the United Nations Volunteer programme in Germany before landing what she calls her “dream job” at Christian Aid in 2018.
DISC ONE: Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba
DISC TWO: Ave Maria (after Arcadelt) Composed by Jacques Arcadelt, performed by Choeur de Chambre de Namur, conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón
DISC THREE: My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen
DISC FOUR: Jerusalema by Master Kg Featuring Nomcebo Zikode
DISC FIVE: You Know My Name by Tasha Cobbs Leonard Featuring Jimi Cravity
DISC SIX: (Red)emption Song by John Legend
DISC SEVEN: I Believe by Fantasia
DISC EIGHT: It Is Well With My Soul by Wintley Phipps
BOOK CHOICE: Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson
LUXURY ITEM: Quality Street chocolates
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: It Is Well With My Soul by Wintley Phipps
Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Paula McGinley