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Nick Grono


Nick Grono 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.

Since its inception, the Freedom Fund has worked with over 128 frontline partners around the world to directly liberate 31,078 people from slavery and return over 192,318 at risk children back to school. Overall, its programs have positively impacted the lives of over one million of those most vulnerable to exploitation. And it is changing the systems that place many millions more at risk of slavery.

Nick serves on the advisory councils of Global Witness and the McCain Institute. He was previously the 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, prior to ICG, he was Chief of Staff and National Security Adviser to the Australian Attorney-General. He has a law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University.

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Joined our team in
January 2014