WASHINGTON, DC — The Center for Global Development’s Rajesh Mirchandani will join the United Nations Foundation as its CCO in February, bringing two decades of global journalism and communications experience to the job.

Mirchandani will be based in the foundation’s Washington office, from which he will lead the communications initiatives that are part of the organization’s efforts to drive support for the UN, global engagement and international cooperation, the group said.

“Rajesh is a strategic and creative communicator who will help us engage global audiences in even more powerful and innovative ways at a time when communications tools and technologies are changing by the minute and audiences are hungry for smart and purposeful content,” said president and CEO Kathy Calvin.

Mirchandani will join the UN Foundation after a three-year stint at the Center for Global Development, most recently as VP of communication and policy outreach. The former BBC journalist holds a master’s degree in public diplomacy and international relations from USC’s Annenberg journalism and communications school.

Mirchandani is filling the job Aaron Sherinian left after eight years in April to lead communications at the Aga Khan Development Network, which creates schools and hospitals, and economic and social programs in the poorest Asian and African countries.