Gemma Mortensen

Gemma Mortensen

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Gemma is chief global officer at change.org, a position she has held since January 2016. Before becoming a Yale World Fellow, Gemma served as executive director of Crisis Action. Having joined Crisis Action as the second member of staff in 2006, Gemma played a pivotal role in building Crisis Action’s reputation and track record as one of the most innovative and effective organizations working on conflict in the world today. Under her leadership, Crisis Action received the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2011, the World Economic Forum selected her as one of their Young Global Leaders. CNN named her as one of their inspirational women for 2014. She previously worked for the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in New York, the European Commission and as a journalist. She is the outgoing chair of the Helen Bamber Foundation. She holds a first class degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and the European master’s degree in human rights and democratization.

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