Nadine Benson

Senior project manager, Strategy and Learning Group

Nadine Benson is a strategy and learning  specialist with more than seven  years' experience supporting innovative projects across the nexus of sustainable development and humanitarianism. Her work has explored the integration of artificial intelligence in humanitarian interventions, innovations in post-disaster needs assessments, and participatory and community-led frameworks for monitoring, evaluation and learning. 

She has a particular interest in intersectional and decolonial approaches to humanitarian intervention, and in the integration of Indigenous knowledge and land governance for climate resilience.


Action learning cycles, systems thinking and design, innovations in humanitarian intervention; design and delivery of post-crisis assessments; project coordination and delivery; data and knowledge management; policy analysis.

Before IIED

  • Senior emergency response officer, British Red Cross (2021-22)
  • Consultant, United Nations Development Programme (2019-21)
  • Data coordinator, Canadian Red Cross (2018-19)
  • Programme associate, Research, Simon Fraser University (2018)
  • Monitoring and evaluation officer, EQWIP HUBs (2016-17)


  • MSc (Dist) international development and humanitarian emergencies, London School of Economics and Political Science (2020)
  • BA (Hons) international development studies, Dalhouse University (2016)

Current work

Nadine currently works as senior project manager with the Strategy and Learning Group, managing the monitoring, evaluation and learning team. This includes working closely on refreshing IIED’s strategy, developing and implementing an institutional system of learning, and managing all monitoring, evaluation and learning projects.