Policy and Advocacy Director, US
Gillian has spent more than 20 years working in international affairs in the fields of children's rights, child development and protection, humanitarian assistance and conflict management. She currently heads up the U.S. office of J.K. Rowling's international child rights organization, Lumos. Prior to joining Lumos, Gillian served as the Senior Child Development and Protection Technical Advisor with USAID's Center for Children in Adversity, where she worked with a team responsible for coordinating all forms of U.S. Government assistance to highly vulnerable children in developing countries. Her previous experience includes work with the United Nations as well as with NGOs and academic institutions in six countries in Africa, the former Soviet Union, Western Europe and the United States. She served as a UN humanitarian affairs officer in Angola during the last three years of the civil war and has designed conflict resolution and child rights programs with Search for Common Ground and Save the Children. Gillian has taught courses in assistance for children in emergency settings (George Washington University), field research and cross-cultural communication (World Learning’s School for International Training in Russia) and has been involved in a working group on psychosocial support in crisis settings. Gillian has been trained in emergency response, humanitarian coordination, mediation and negotiation. She also received the 2009 Brimstone Award with Laura Simms from the National Storytelling Network for her work using story telling with children in conflict and crisis settings. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of two boys whom she has raised in Angola, Sudan, Belgium, and the United States.