Nick Grono

President and CEO, The Freedom Fund

Nick started as CEO of The Freedom Fund in December 2013. Prior to this, he was the inaugural CEO of the Walk Free Foundation, a leading international actor in the fight against modern slavery. During his tenure, Walk Free built a global movement with over 5 million supporters, launched the first ever Global Slavery Index, and joined with Humanity United and the Legatum Foundation to establish the Freedom Fund.

Previously, 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. There he was responsible for the oversight and management of the organisation’s programs and operations in some thirty countries around the world. Nick has testified on conflict and human rights issues before the European, UK, Dutch, and Australian Parliaments. He has written widely on international justice, conflict prevention, human rights and modern slavery, with opinion pieces published in the International New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Boston Globe, amongst others.

Nick is a lawyer by background and, prior to starting work for ICG in 2003, he was Chief of Staff and National Security Adviser to the Australian Attorney-General. He also worked at Goldman Sachs in London from 1992-1994. He has a law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University.