Gitanjali Patel is a translator and social researcher. She graduated from Oxford University in Spanish and Portuguese and has been translating from these languages since 2010. She translates in a range of media, from film scripts and radio programmes to fiction, including stories by Luisa Geisler, Miriam Mambrini, Fernanda Torres and, most recently, Evando Nascimento.

She has a Master's degree in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London, and has used translation for several social research projects in the UK and Brazil, including studies on the language of Rio de Janeiro's favelas, and the emergence of favela community museums, which won the Jon M. Tolman award at the BRASA XIV Congress.

In 2016 she co-founded Shadow Heroes, an initiative which uses translation as a means of teaching critical thinking skills to secondary school students. Alongside her work with Shadow Heroes she works as a researcher for The Young Foundation.