Niranjali Amerasinghe

Executive Director

Niranjali is the Executive Director of ActionAid USA. She is responsible for overall management and leadership of the U.S. office, engagement with the global federation, and leading the fight to end poverty and injustice.

Prior to joining ActionAid, Niranjali was a Senior Associate at the World Resources Institute and led the Finance Center’s policy work on international climate finance and the Green Climate Fund. She also directed the Climate & Energy Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Niranjali has worked at the intersection of climate change and human rights, and has extensive experience with international climate negotiations, forest governance, and accountability. She also helped develop legal strategies to shift finance away from fossil fuel investments.

Niranjali has an LL.M in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University Law School, and an LL.B from the University of Bristol. She has been quoted in The Economist, Reuters, The Guardian, Scientific American and has also appeared on the BBC’s The Conversation.

She was born and raised in Sri Lanka, is trained in classical music, and is an avid gardener.

Selected work:
Devex: Opinion: Building on past success to prevent a COVID-19-related food crisis (June 2020)
NPR Goats and Soda: U.S. Mulls Controversial Foreign Aid Shake-up (June 2020)
BBC, The Conversation Defending the Voiceless (July 2015)
World Resources Institute body of research

Selected videos:
GOTV 2020
ActionAid webinar Show Up, Fight Back: connecting the struggle for land rights to the struggle for justice (August 2020)
ActionAid Australia webinar: Women leading climate action - Turning crisis into solidarity: driving urgent climate action amidst COVID-19 (April 2020)
SFOPS testimony A case for increased climate finance (March 2020)
Niranjali and Tristan debrief a month of land and food (October 2019)
Niranjali and Brandon debrief a month of climate justice (September 2019)

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