Lesley-Anne Knight is the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, responsible for the management and delivery of its strategic plan.
Caritas Internationalis is a global organisation with 165 member organisations, working in seven different regions of the world and in over 200 countries. Combating the causes and the ef-fects of poverty and inequality around the world lies at the very core of the organisation's mission, and to this end, member organisations provide assistance to the most vulnerable on behalf of Catholic Church around the world. Its European branch, Caritas Europa brings together 48 organisations that focus their activities on issues relating to poverty and social inequality as well as migration and asylum both inside and outside the European Union. A British citizen, Dr. Knight was appointed Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis during the 2007 General Assembly.
Dr. Knight has devoted much of her career to supporting the cause of the poor and social excluded through a variety of organisations. Prior to joining Caritas Internationalis, she was International Director of CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales), and before that she worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), OXFAM, and for the UK-based charity HelpAge International.
She has lived and worked in eight countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America and speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German. She holds a degree in English, French, Logic and Metaphysics and post-graduate qualifications in Business Management.