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Conversations with Strategy featuring Andrew MacLeod on Conflict, Security & Human Rights - 20 January 2022

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Chair: Eleonora Natale, Lecturer in International History

Discussant: Professor John Gearson, Vice Dean - International, Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy

Speaker: Andrew MacLeod, Founding Director of child protection charity Hear their Cries

Andrew MacLeod will discuss his extensive career and multiple affiliations in the humanitarian and legal sectors, including reflecting on his first hand experience in complex conflict zones. He will include details of his advisory roles at institutions worldwide and his work as the founding director of a leading child protection charity.

'Conversations with Strategy' is an events series offering all War Studies students a unique opportunity to gain insights from some of our most prestigious visiting fellows. From former diplomats to intelligence analysts, journalists, civil servants and policymakers, visiting fellows will discuss their career journey, key tips, advice for success in their chosen profession and the lessons they’ve learned, and offer insights into contemporary strategic challenges.

This will be followed by a Q & A and conversation with students.



Andrew MacLeod is Non-Executive Chairman of British based Griffin Law, Non-Executive Director at Burnham Global, founding Director of child protection charity Hear their Cries and a Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow at Deakin University amongst other activities.

Andrew MacLeod advises a number of companies on their stakeholder relations and external risks, is a member of the Chatham House/ICRC Expert Panel on Humanitarian Negotiations with Non-State Armed Groups, was an Affiliate Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington DC, served on the Advisory Boards of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Civil Society Project Advisory Board, King's College Humanitarian Futures Project and the UN Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas.

His humanitarian activities included time as Chief of Operations of the UN Emergency Coordination Centre in Pakistan, where MacLeod negotiated a complex series of relationships that saw the Pakistan military, international NGOs, UN agencies, US military, UK military and non-state militant groups all playing a role in delivering a successful operation without casualties or conflict.

At the International Committee of the Red Cross Macleod served in the Balkans and Rwanda during the 1990s. He set up and ran Law of Armed Conflict training with military units in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia that resulted in a measurable decrease in civilian casualties.

Macleod holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Tasmania University, a Master of Laws from Southampton University, a Graduate Diploma in International Law from Melbourne University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Research interests

Research interests centre around identifying the scale of sexual exploitation and abuse, particularly of children, by aid workers, how to identify fathers with advanced DNA techniques, gain justice for victims and children and use extra-territorial criminal laws to gain appropriate prosecution.


This event is part of the 'Conversations with Strategy' seminar series, that will offer students a unique opportunity to gain insights from the Department's distinguished visiting fellows.

Please register via Zoom, once registered attendees will receive an email confirming the joining details.

At this event

Eleonora Natale

Eleonora Natale

Lecturer in International History

Andrew  MacLeod

Andrew MacLeod

Visiting Professor

John  Gearson

John Gearson

Head of the School of Security Studies

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