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Christina Bennett

Head of Programme - Humanitarian Policy Group

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<p>​Christina Bennett is an international aid policy analyst with extensive experience working for the United Nations and several international policy institutes on humanitarian, conflict, and post-conflict peacebuilding policy.</p> <p> </p>

Christina has than 15 years of experience in humanitarian policy and programming. While at HPG, Christina has focused on analysing the changing humanitarian landscape and its implications for humanitarian principles, architecture and partnerships.

Prior to joining HPG, Christina was the Chief of Policy Analysis and Innovation at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), where she led OCHA’s analytical efforts on a range of humanitarian issues, including aid effectiveness, risk and resilience and civil military issues. Christina was also part of the team that launched the UN’s humanitarian reform initiative in 2005 and, more recently, developed the concept for the World Humanitarian Summit to be held 2016. Christina also acted as OCHA’s intergovernmental liaison, working with the General Assembly and individual UN member states to strengthen bilateral and multilateral humanitarian aid. This included providing technical advice to the European Union, the African Union and international militaries on the development of their own humanitarian policies. Christina has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan.

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