Gemma Mortensen is Co-Founder and Vice Chair at More in Common, a non-profit organization working to build strong communities and societies around the world. Before becoming a World Fellow, Gemma served as executive director of Crisis Action where she played a pivotal role in building its 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.