Christina Bennett


Start Network

Christina is chief executive officer at Start Network, a global membership of more than 50 local, national and international aid agencies, working together to transform humanitarian action through innovation, local action and fast funding and financing.

With 20 years of experience in humanitarian policy and practice, Christina has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. Prior to joining Start, Christina led research into local humanitarian action, drove policy initiatives related to counter-terrorism, humanitarian reform, refugee livelihoods and private finance and authored ‘Time to Let go: Remaking Humanitarian Action for the Modern Era’ at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). She has also served as the chief of policy analysis and innovation at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Christina serves on the board of the Risk Informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) and is a frequent writer and speaker on conflict and humanitarian aid.