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.

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