Andrew Hudson (CEO)

Andrew is a dynamic senior leader in the social change movement. He has 25 years of experience in public policy, advocacy and senior leadership, working with NGOs, the UN, the private sector and government. He is an expert in building collaborations and changing systems to improve the lives of disadvantaged people.

Andrew joined CPD in June 2021 as inaugural International Director, to build out a new international program for CPD. He has been CEO since April 2022. Before joining CPD, Andrew was CEO of Crisis Action in New York, leading a global team of 50+ people in 11 countries. Crisis Action builds coalitions to protect civilians in wars such as Syria, Yemen or South Sudan.

Prior to Crisis Action, Andrew worked at Human Rights First in New York, where he coordinated UN advocacy, managed the Human Rights Defenders Program and led Latin American work. Previously, Andrew was a lawyer in Australia representing disadvantaged clients and refugees and spearheading major law reform projects. He has also worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Ecuador and the UN Regional Commission in Thailand. He was Australia's first Youth Representative to the UN. Andrew holds honours degrees in politics and law from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Laws from New York University School of Law. He is a John Monash Scholar and member of the Board of Directors of Australian Progress.