Saranel Benjamin

Interim Head of Research and Programme Policy, ActionAid


Saranel Benjamin is Interim Head of Research and Programme Policy at ActionAid UK. She leads a team specialising in Women’s Economic Rights, Adolescent Girls Rights and Violence Against Women and Girls.

Prior to ActionAid UK, Saranel was Director of International Development at War on Want where she worked with organisations and social movements in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Focusing on the rights of women and children living in slums, working as informal traders, and fighting for food rights, workers’ rights and rights over land and resources.

Saranel has over 25 years’ experience in international development, working both in Southern Africa and in the UK. She is a die-hard intersectional feminist.