Gemma Mortensen

Gemma Mortensen
  • Executive Director
    Crisis Action

Gemma Mortensen is Executive Director of Crisis Action, an international non-profit established to increase the effectiveness of civil society responses to armed conflict. Crisis Action coordinates a global network of leading human rights, humanitarian and foreign policy organizations, harnessing their expertise to mount joint campaigns to ensure world leaders uphold their obligations to protect civilians in conflict situations. Mortensen played an integral role in developing the organization from a two-person office in London into one with offices across three continents with international reach at the forefront of global advocacy. She previously worked in human rights posts for the ICC, the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in New York, the European Commission in Geneva and Sudan, and as a journalist in print, radio and TV. Mortensen is on the board of 38 Degrees, the United Kingdom's largest online campaign movement. She holds a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and European Master's degree in Human Rights and Democratisation.