Louise Allen is an experienced human rights and women’s rights advocate having worked alongside women, Indigenous and refugee human rights defenders and civil society in Australia, in the Pacific and at the UN both in Geneva and New York. She has been the Executive Coordinator of the NGOWG since September 2014. In Australia she led the advocacy efforts of Amnesty International. She was with Amnesty International for almost six years. Previously to that she was second in charge of the Government Relations and Public Affairs Practice at an international public affairs and public relations consultancy in Sydney. Louise started her professional career as a media adviser for the Queensland state police. Louise has her Masters in International Relations from the University of Sydney, which she graduated with Merit and is a qualified crisis telephone counselor.