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Nick Grono

CEO, Freedom Fund


Nick was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Freedom Fund in January 2014. The Fund is an ambitious effort to mobilise the knowledge, capital and will needed to end modern slavery. It was launched by President Bill Clinton in New York in September 2013, who declared at the time, “This is a huge deal and we should all support this.”

In its first three years of operation the Freedom Fund has worked with some 100 frontline partners around the world to directly liberate 15,000 people from slavery and return over 35,000 at risk children back to school. Overall, its programs have positively impacted the lives of some 400,000 of those most vulnerable to exploitation. And it is changing the systems that place many millions more at risk of slavery.

Nick is also co-chair of the Jo Cox Foundation, and a board member of Girls Not Brides, the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage.

Prior to the Freedom Fund, Nick was the inaugural CEO of the Walk Free Foundation, a leading international actor in the fight against modern slavery. And before Walk Free, Nick was the Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Crisis Group (ICG), the world’s leading conflict prevention NGO, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, with offices in over 20 countries.

Nick is a lawyer by background and served as Chief of Staff and National Security Adviser to the Australian Attorney-General from 1999-2001. He has a law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University.