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Shonali Banerjee of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Cambridge Judge Business School

Shonali Banerjee of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Cambridge Judge Business School on the Global North / South power imbalance.


We discuss the power dynamics of Global North / Global South philanthropy and explore the Centre’s work and research.


Shonali leads the Centre’s research agenda on philanthropy in global growth markets, specifically Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. She is an expert in global philanthropy for development, and her previous work focused on the implications of new financial instruments in philanthropy and giving.


The Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) within the University of Cambridge Judge Business School is dedicated to enhancing the impact of strategic philanthropy both within and from global growth markets.


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About Shonali Banerjee


Dr Shonali Banerjee is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy. She joined the Centre as Research Associate in February 2021.


She leads the Centre’s research agenda on philanthropy in global growth markets, specifically Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Shonali is an expert in global philanthropy for development, and her previous work focused on the implications of new financial instruments in philanthropy and giving.


Prior to academia, Shonali began her career as a development practitioner by spending five years working for international organisations in the United States, Morocco, Thailand, and Cambodia. During this time, she specialized in impact measurement, fundraising, and strategic communications.


Most recently, Shonali served as Research Development Officer at Queen Mary University of London, where she worked with faculty across all disciplines to develop proposals for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).


Shonali’s work has been published in top academic journals including Third World Quarterly and Development in Practice, and her forthcoming book with Bristol University Press is entitled Horizontal Development: Shifting Power and Privilege in Aid.


She currently sits on the Advisory Committee for the L’Oréal Fund for Women. Shonali holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Sussex, a MSc in Development Studies from SOAS University of London, and a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from The George Washington University.




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