Over three decades of working for and with international development agencies, national civil society and community-based organisations and citizensí groups, Dr Belinda Bennet has been a versatile, passionate leader with a sector-leading expertise and experience in shaping inclusive development approaches, policies and practices.
She comes to the role of CEO for Change Alliance after heading up South Asia operations for its parent organisation, the leading UK development agency Christian Aid, since 2007. Belinda led a staff of 90 and managed a budget of £11 million in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to deliver development programmes alongside 100 local partner organisations. She was previously head of Christian Aidís India programme.
Belinda has played a strategic role in bringing issues of social exclusion to the forefront of development discourses. She chairs the civil society consortium that delivers the Poorest Area Civil Society Programme
(PACS), which focuses on non-discriminatory access to rights and entitlements and is the largest programme of the UK governmentís Department for International Development (DFID). PACS aims to lift eight million households out of poverty in seven low income Indian states by 2015. Belindaís wide range of expertise also includes governance, institution building and gender mainstreaming.
Belinda has also worked on development issues and projects with many private sector organisations including TVS Sri Chakra, Kodak, TVS Sundaram Industries, Fenner India, Madura Coats, Redington, The Hindu and the Tamilnad Mercantile Bank.
Belinda has a Ph.D. in social work from Shivaji University, Kolhapur, and degrees from Bangalore University and Madurai Kamaraj University.