Andrew Hudson

Expertise: Public Policy, Strategic communications, Advocacy, International relations, Law, Human rights

Andrew Hudson 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.


The ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF), was held in Bali on 25 August 2023. The
CPD has continued its high profile work in Indonesia with our consortium of partners to
The G20 seminar series cohosted by the Centre for Policy Development and Climateworks looked at
Future Ready is a report from the Secretariat of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration
On 6 May 2021 the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration tenth meeting convened virtually.

In the media

How satisfied are Australians with democracy, the direction the country is taking, and the performance of local, State and Federal governments?
The transition to net zero carbon emissions is both the most significant challenge facing our region, and a major opportunity for Australia’s economic relations with South-East Asia, according to the Federal Government’s South-East Asia Economic Strategy to 2040, released today
CEO of the Centre for Policy Development Andrew Hudson, who heads an advisory panel to the Bali Process, told the ABC that Bali Process nations had to take rapid action to tackle the crisis.
Australia and Indonesia have been urged to co-ordinate an immediate response to an alarming rise in Rohingya deaths at sea
Australia and Indonesia must ­urgently overhaul the Bali Process, a forum set up to tackle human trafficking and people-smuggling that has stagnated as crises in Sri Lanka, ­Afghanistan and Myanmar threaten to spill over into the region.