Lena Bheeroo

Engagement and equity manager

Lena leads the anti-racism work at Bond and the wider decolonising sector work, working with members and global partners, initiatives and movements. She is a co-author of the Bond Racism, power and truth: Experience of people of colour in international development report. Lena also leads and drives our convening through events overseeing webinars and events over a wide range of topics, from mental health and wellbeing, HR, funding, decolonising, EDI, to areas of policy like the SDGs, the future of civic space and the future of aid.

Prior to joining Bond, Lena led on events at the Charity Finance Group across the regions, delivered on the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands as well as delivering programmes with partners in Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Kenya and Uganda. She has also worked as on human rights issues in Palestine and on projects in collaboration with the British Council. Lena has a Masters in Nationalism and Politics from University of Edinburgh.

Lena is a trustee of EachOther, a working group member of the Racial Equity Index, a group of BIPOC volunteers based around the world, working to build a racial equity index to hold the global development sector to account. Lena is also a Committee Member and Organiser at Charity So White, the award-winning campaign which aims to root out racism from the UK charity sector. 


12 April 2022
An active intersectional practice against racism and white supremacy in all their manifestations and across all areas of work is required, including across EDI practices. Part two of our blogs looking at culture and structures inside of NGOs.
Discrimination depiction
6 April 2022
In the first of our series looking at racism in development, this blog is part one of two pieces looking at culture and structures inside of NGOs and the discrimination it exacerbates.
Bond Annual Conference visual minutes for the Transform strand
3 June 2021
Over 3,000 people from over 80 countries attended our first-ever online Bond Conference last week. Here, we highlight five takeaways for the international development sector.
Workplace harrasment
5 November 2020
Recent whistle-blower allegations suggest charities have been using NDAs to prevent staff from speaking out on bullying and harassment in the workplace. Is it right for organisations to use them?
Black Lives Matter protest in USA
17 June 2020
This public moment on Black Lives Matter is our chance to interrogate and dismantle racism and anti-blackness in international development.
Delegates at Bond Conference 2018
12 February 2019
Tips to make the most out of Europe's biggest international development event.
Headshots of diverse people from around the world
29 August 2018
Despite the sector’s progress in tackling inequalities overseas, the UK charity workforce still needs to overcome challenges in diversity, inclusion and unequal pay.

Conference sessions

Explore new research into racialised communities’ experiences of working in international development and the barriers they have face to career progression.  



Thu, 05/27/2021 - 10:30 to 11:15